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Massive Oak Tree Falls Onto Emerald Hills Home In San Mateo County

SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) -- Fire crews in San Mateo Country were working Thursday to help remove a large oak tree that came crashing down onto a home in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.

It was 7:15 a.m. Thursday morning when the family living on Ferndale Way first heard cracking and then a boom as the large oak tree fell onto the roof of the home.

According to a post on Twitter by the Cal Fire San Mateo Santa Cruz unit at around 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning, both the San Mateo County Fire Department and Redwood City Fire Department responded to reports of the tree falling into the home in the unincorporated neighborhood of Emerald Hills.

According to the post, branches of the tree pierced the roof of the home and were sticking through the ceiling of the living room. It also took off the tops of nearby redwood trees on the way down.

The home owner told fire officials they just had the branches trimmed. Fire officials said stormy weather made the ground too wet to support the weight of the tree.

It was not known if the tree had any diseases. No injuries were reported.

Thursday afternoon, crews were working methodically, removing the tree branch by branch to see how much damage the old oak tree did to the home structurally.

The homeowner told KPIX off camera that a crane will need to be brought in to move the bulk of the tree from the yard. He is hoping that happens before Sunday when the rain returns.


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