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No one hurt when tree falls on Cairnbrook home

April 16, 2019

A Cairnbrook couple was not injured when part of a tree came crashing through their roof in the middle of a storm Sunday night.

The Central City Fire Department and Northern EMS were dispatched at 10:48 p.m. to a report of a tree on a structure at 74 2nd St.

Howard and Fran Frede were inside the home when the 50- or 60-foot pine tree, which was approximately 18 inches in diameter, snapped in half and fell across their roof, according to Fire Chief Dale Russian.

He said the tree crushed the roof on a nearby shed and poked holes through the ceiling in the home’s dining room, bathroom and rear bedroom.

The worst damage, he said, was in the dining room, near where Fran Frede had been standing.

“It was a nice house. They kept it well-maintained,” he said.

“I felt bad for them, but the important thing” is that no one was hurt.

As rain fell, firefighters used chain saws to remove the limb, and used lumber from the garage and tarps to the cover the holes.

Firefighters remained at the scene until approximately 1:30 a.m. Russian said he was proud of the work that they did.

He returned to the home Monday to make sure that the tarps were still in place.

The couple is staying in a hotel for at least two nights while other arrangements are made, he said.

The home is insured.