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Two in downtown Buford found dead after tree falls, pins them inside home
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Two people in Buford were found dead Thursday, Oct. 29, in their home after a tree fell on the house and pinned them, according to authorities. 

Gwinnett County firefighters and police were called around 12:26 p.m. Thursday to a home in the 500 block of West Garner Street NE in Buford. One of the residents' family members couldn't reach anyone at the house and drove to the scene to check on them.

Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said a large hardwood tree crashed through the roof and wall of the home and fell over the bed. The tree's trunk and limbs pinned a man and woman in the bed, who were found dead inside the home. 

A boom and winch helped firefighters stabilize the tree as they cut the limbs with chainsaws.

"This is a very tragic situation for the family and the community," Rutledge wrote in an email. "The incident demonstrates the magnitude of the powerful wind gusts during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Zeta. The exact time the tree fell is unknown, but is believed to have happened as the storm moved through the area."

The identities of the two people have not been released. 

No further information was available. 

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