Falling Tree Branches Split Part Of Oakhurst Home In Two
OAKHURST, Calif. (KMPH) —
Two giant tree branches that fell onto a home in Oakhurst on Wednesday caused major damage.
Kim Doyle, who lives across the street from the now damaged home, said she was on the computer when she heard a loud thump.
"I thought I heard a car crash through the house, but it turned out it was a tree falling on top of the house," Doyle said.
Two branches - each nearly 30-feet long - landed on the roof and in the back part of the house, missing a barbecue grill by an inch but damaging the patio, roof and the kitchen.
Doyle said Wednesday's incident was not the first time she has seen a tree fall over.
"The tree across the street, one time, a few years back, fell because it was old and dry," said Doyle, who suspects the drought and scorching heat could have played a role.
Insurance adjusters think the tree is about 150 years old, making it prone to damage from hot or cold weather.
Doyle says it was a close call but a lucky one.
"At least it's not a fire after all the fires we had in Yosemite Lakes Park."