Man dies after tree falls on Grand Haven home

Storm aftermath

GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - One man has died after a 3 foot wide tree fell on a home early Friday, July 7.

It happened just before 3 a.m. on Poplar Ridge in the Highland Park Neighborhood Association which is just east of the lakeshore in Grand Haven.

Ottawa County deputies say two people were in the home at the time. A woman escaped but Grand Haven firefighters say 72-year-old Lawrence Thon did not.

Neighbors are in shock about how massive the storm was.

"It sounded like a jet engine, a jet plane, was parked on my deck," said Tom Donahue. "It was so loud. I couldn't believe how loud it was. It's the biggest storm I've ever been in."

Local power providers say work continues to bring power back online for many area residents.

Lawrence Thon of Grand Haven was in his bedroom and in bed when the large tree fell on his home.

"The tree took off an addition to the house and landed on him he died at the scene," said Jeff Hwke, Grand Haven Public Safety Director.

Thon's wife was in the home too but she had just left the bedroom.
 
"She was up checking the storm conditions and standing at the front door at the time," said Hawke.

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Matt Gard is the Senior Producer of the 13 Morning News. If you have a story idea, you can contact him on Twitter, @mgard_wzzm13 or by e-mail, MattGard@wzzm13.com.

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