FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA) - Michelle Smith didn't make to the safe room, the dance room, which withstood Sunday's microburst. Most of the rest of the Cheer Fusion cinder block building collapsed.
"You saw debris coming down. I was like, the building is coming down, I can't believe it," said Smith, a 47-year-old mother of a boy who is part of the Cheer Fusion team. She was watching the kids do their routines when the violent storm blew in the metal garage door. Smith said she saw that door crumple and go flying through the air.
The building's roof blew off and the cinder block walls on two sides caved in. Smith was thrown through a door and into another room.
"It was bad. I couldn't stand up afterward. I looked down and saw leg going one way and my foot over here," said Smith. Her ankle is shattered, her ribs are cracked, and a lung had collapsed. It was dark, and she was alone. And worst of all, she didn't know what had happened to her son and the other kids.
"It was so scary. I didn't hear anybody screaming....It was the worst feeling, I thought they were all dead. I thought the babies were all dead," cried Smith.
She was relieved to learn that her son and all the children were okay. Only one other parent was seriously injured and he's recovering as well.
Heath Mullins, 40, also did not make it to the safe dance room. The father did help to make sure the kids made it to safety. Cheer Fusion's owner Connie Allen says that he and another parent who picked up a coach's four year old son and took him to the safety of the dance room, are both heroes.