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Redwood Tree Crushes Larkspur Home

The tree fell on to a two-story home at 11:35 this morning while a resident was home.

A redwood tree toppled onto a two-story home in Larkspur Monday morning, causing significant damage to the second floor, a fire department spokesman said.

At about 11:35 a.m., the Larkspur Fire Department received a report that a redwood tree had fallen and struck a home at 330 W. Baltimore Ave., Fire Chief Bob Sinnott said.

The tree, which stood approximately 150 feet tall, was in the front yard of 313 W. Baltimore Ave. It fell across the roadway and onto the home across the street, he said.

The home sustained significant damage to the roof and second floor, Sinnott said. One resident was home but was uninjured.

The roadway remains blocked, and electrical, cable and telephone lines are down.

Seventy customers initially lost electricity, but power had been restored to all but 30 as of 3 p.m., PG&E spokeswoman Brittany Chord said.

PG&E crews remain on site and will be working into the evening to restore power to the remaining customers.

Fire officials believe root decay caused the tree to fall, Sinnott said.

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T McDermott January 15, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Notice the new driveway and pavers with the lime leaching? The tree was effectivly killed and left to fall, Redwoods roots are largly surface roots with a deep layer of redwood leaves that hold water and feed the tree. Whoever chopped the roots at the base of the trunk, dug then up and put down that neat new driveway and paver work is responsible for the damage. A 150 ft tree with no root structure is a liability. It should have been subject to an enviornmental evaluation before root removal, cement, lime and roundup to kill the weeds in the cracks was applied to the root system. The tree should have been either left naturally with a 10 ft collar, no digging, or cut down.

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