2-year-old killed after tree falls on Livonia home and tornado hits

LIVONIA, Mich. (WXYZ) – A 2-year-old child died after a tree fell into a home and a tornado touched down in Livonia on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado was an EF1 tornado with estimated winds of 95 mph. It traveled 5.5 miles, landing near Schoolcraft Road and Eckles Road and lifting near 7 Mile Road and Middlebelt Road.

The NWS will survey the area.


According to the Livonia Fire Chief, firefighters were dispatched around 3:35 p.m. to a fallen tree at a home on Houghton Street, near Schoolcraft and Newburgh roads.

Several trees had fallen in the area. When firefighters arrived, they found a “massive tree” that had been uprooted and entered the roof of the home, Livonia Fire Chief Robert Jennison said.

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The tree landed in a back bedroom of the house where the 2-year-old and his mother were. The tree pinned them to a bed.

Jennison said every available unit in the city has been sent to the home. The Western Wayne County Urban Search and Rescue Team was called to the scene.

Crews worked for about an hour to remove the tree from the home, removing portions of the roof. High-pressure lifting airbags were used to free the victims.

“A dozen chainsaws and 25 firefighters cut the tree into pieces until we could remove enough weight to be able to lift the huge trunks and remove it from the bed,” Jennison said.

Robert Jennison, Chief of the Livonia Fire Department


Livonia Fire Chief Robert Jennison talks about a severe storm that killed a 2-year-old child on June 5, 2024.

The 2-year-old child was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother, who remained conscious during the rescue operations, was taken to hospital in critical condition. She was treated by paramedics during her rescue.

A 2-week-old child was sleeping in a crib in another room. This room was not affected by the fallen tree. The baby was taken to hospital by firefighters along with the grandmother.



“It was a very traumatic scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the victims. “It was a tough day,” Jennison told reporters at the scene.

“We have a lot of fathers and they have children that are the same age. But this is what they do. This is what they train for. There is going to be some healing that will have to continue after that, but that’s what they do. “That’s what I’m here for and that’s what they do.

No warnings were issued or sirens heard during the storm.

“This was just a very quick pop-up storm in conversation with the National Weather Service and something very unpredictable to determine,” said Brian Kahn, director of emergency preparedness. “It’s a tragic day and it’s part of the job we all hate. And being a father myself, it’s just something I couldn’t even imagine.

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Brian Kahn, director of civil defense in Livonia, talks about a severe storm that killed a 2-year-old child on June 5, 2024.

Authorities are working to clean the area and reopen the roads. DTE is working to restore power to the area, Kahn said.

“This is a terrible tragedy for our community,” Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan said in a statement released by the city. “Our hearts are also broken and we send you our deepest condolences.”

Local residents spent hours cleaning up the mess left behind.

“It just gives me goosebumps.” “I hope I never have to go through that again,” said Susan Hill, who lives on Houghton Street.

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Neighbors are aware of the tragedy that happened nearby, knowing for the victims and their families that the damage will never be repaired.

“We can always put things back in place. I can’t give someone their life back,” said neighbor Kevin Martyka.

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Hill said: “She’s just the nicest person I’ve ever met and the little boy was so cute and I hadn’t seen the baby yet and I’m just saying prayers for her.”

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7 News Detroit reporter Brett Kast contributed to this report.

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