Firefighters rescue man trapped under fallen tree in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Firefighters rescued a man trapped under a fallen tree in Los Angeles Monday morning.

The tree fell in Echo Park, northeast of downtown L.A., around 8 a.m. The branches took down utility wires and hit a building as they fell, KTLA reports.

Dozens of firefighters worked to maneuver the large tree so they could free the man, who firefighters said was homeless and had been living nearby. Around 8:30 a.m. they were able to pull him out.

Though paramedics initially tried to take the man to the hospital, authorities said he suffered only a minor injury and declined to be taken to the hospital, according to KTLA.

The two-story apartment building hit by the tree was badly damaged.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the tree to collapse, but it came as a winter storm hit Southern California, bringing wind and rain across the region.

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