70-foot tree falls onto North Park home; branch goes through bedroom

SAN DIEGO — A tree fell onto a home in North Park Friday morning with a branch piercing through one of the bedrooms of a family of six, FOX 5 confirmed at the scene.

The intruding incident happened around 3:30 a.m. at a residence in the 2600 block of Kew Terrace near Nutmeg Street — an uninvited wake-up call for those inside the home.

The large tree — described as a 70-foot pine — could be seen atop part of the home’s garage, part of a bedroom, as well as a Chevrolet Suburban that belonged to the family.

A tree fell onto a North Park home
A tree fell onto a North Park home Friday, Jan. 2, 2024. (KSWB)

The affected family told FOX 5 that a branch actually went through their daughter’s bedroom. The good news is, however, everyone who was inside the house made it out safely with no injuries.

The family said they are grateful that everyone is okay, though they are feeling very rattled. While describing the moment, the family said they heard a huge crash that shook the entire house. At first, they thought it may have been a car accident right outside.

The incident also caused the home to lose power.

The tree fell right after another winter storm swept the region Thursday, bringing with it more rainfall. The root of the tree appeared saturated, with the surrounding ground visibly wet from the precipitation.

The San Diego Police Department responded to the scene and could be seen monitoring the area, telling FOX 5 that a downed powerline needed to be secured. Police also said SDG&E made it to the scene quickly to assess the incident.

The family said the City of San Diego is working to get a contractor to come out to the home and remove the massive — now fallen — tree from the property. A timeline for removal is unknown at this time.

FOX 5’s Elizabeth Alvarez contributed to this report.

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