CORONADO, Calif. — A tree fell onto a property in Coronado Monday night, just missing a nearby home.
Around 10 p.m., the Torrey pine — estimated to be around 100 years old — fell outside the home on Ynez Place, not far from the Coronado Yacht Club. The fall caused minor structural damage to a two-story house and took down a power line.
Two residents were inside the home at the time but were not injured.
“We were up in the bedroom watching the Padres game and all of a sudden there was a loud crash and the house shook,” the homeowner told FOX 5 Tuesday morning. “At first we thought it was an earthquake of some type. But we came out of the bedroom door and there was all kinds of plaster and some openings in the side of the house.
BEFORE AND AFTER: Street view shows how a nearly 150-year-old tree used to tower over surrounding trees before it came crashing down in Coronado around 10 pm Monday night. pic.twitter.com/6fbvaVIlM7
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“It was pretty dramatic we didn’t quite know what it was,” said Witness, Craig Feeney.
Craig and Breanna Feeney were on the sidewalk when that tree fell over in front of them.
“Then we started hearing this crashing sound that was the tree falling but we didn’t know what direction so I said get out of the street,” said Feeney.
Board Certified Master Arborist Bradley Brown took a look at the tree and says the roots must be respected and protected to keep it upright.
“I don’t know if you can point at anything specific, trees will fall especially when they’re 150 years old,” said Master Arborist Bradley Brown.
Brown says age, soil failure and root damage all play a role.
“The roots are like the toes if you have a drought, if you have mechanical damage like root pruning, if you have too much water these things what they do is they essentially sever the roots, they shrink them down and that causes the tree to lose structural support,” said Brown.
Crews evacuated the house and a second home nearby and shut down power to the homes as a safety precaution. The home is listed online as worth more than $3 million.
“Thank the Lord that we were fine, the dog wasn’t hurt, my neighbors weren’t hurt. It fell in just the absolute perfect place for it to fall,” said the homeowner, Ted Krohne.
In January, a couple visiting San Diego from North Dakota was killed when a huge tree collapsed onto a house they were renting in Point Loma.