Kristin Love had just sat down on the couch in her home at 4010 E. Second St. Tuesday afternoon when a pickup truck hit the building.
Everything was suddenly sailing through the air, she said. Many of the items, including a heavy stone tile, landed inches from her.
"It was like a bomb exploded around me is the only way I can explain it," Love said.
The crash happened just before 5 p.m. when a 64-year-old Spooner man changed lanes and lost control of his vehicle, according to the Superior Police Department crash report. He was not cited.
Several gas meters were severed as a result of the crash, causing natural gas to leak into the building. East Second Street was shut down for approximately three hours and residents in a half-block area were evacuated until Superior Water, Light and Power personnel shut off gas flow to the building and gas levels registered at safe limits.
The driver suffered minor injuries, said Battalion Chief Camron Vollbrecht of the Superior Fire Department.
The house has three apartments. No one inside was injured, but all five tenants have been displaced.
The crash moved the building several feet off its foundation and left cracks in ceilings and floors. It has been deemed unsafe, Love said.
“You can see outside from inside through the walls,” Love said.
Love has lived at the home with her daughter and boyfriend for two years. Her sister lived upstairs. They had talked about how close the building is to the road.
“Obviously because we live so close to the highway, we’ve all said ‘I can’t believe nobody has ever hit one of these houses before,’” she said.
Their landlord was quick to return their deposits and provided them with immediate shelter at a hotel, she said.
“Everyone’s OK — that’s the main thing,” Love said.
She said she has appreciated the outpouring of support on social media.
"We're lucky, we're all just really lucky."