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Tornado tosses Bertram home 150 yards off its foundation

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A family in Burnet County found themselves in the path of a tornado Thursday night.

The tornado touched down at about 8:15 p.m. in Briggs and moved southwest into Bertram. One house took a direct hit. It was lifted off its foundation and landed about 150 yards away.

"We were inside the interior bathroom, we had everything shut and the winds just started howling. All of a sudden you hear this rip and we just got lifted up," said Trenton Ashworth, who was with his two kids and his wife when the tornado hit. All of them walked away from the tornado without any major injuries.

"We were just praying, just praying. All we were doing was praying. Thanking God for his protection because if it wasn't for him, we'd be gone," said Ashworth.

After the twister, it took first responders about 20 minutes to find the Ashworths.

"They were looking for another house. They thought it was another house because it moved so far off the path," Ashworth said.

The Ashworths have lived in that house for the last eight years.

"Me and my wife built that house. It took us four years to do it. Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into that house," said Ashworth.

Now, the belongings from their two story, four bedroom house are scattered around the yard. Amazingly, the house itself is mostly intact.

"The house is still holding together pretty well. Me and my wife did a good job on that house," Ashworth said.

Neighbors, friends and family spent Friday picking up debris and looking for anything the Ashworths could save.

"I just can't believe all this debris and this big house just got blown away pretty much," said Blanca Barrera, who lives nearby.

"This morning was pretty eye opening," said Ashworth. "I don't really want to do it again."

The Ashworths did have insurance and are expecting an adjuster to survey the damage Monday.

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