Massive oak tree falls; damages two Hyde Park homes

Massive oak tree falls; damages two Hyde Park homes

HYDE PARK, OH (FOX19) - Neighbors on Victoria Avenue in Hyde Park aren't sure if it was lightning or high winds that brought down an eighty year old oak tree that once stood over 50 feet tall.

Some of the heavy branches slammed into the roof of a 4-unit apartment building, while others hit the side of a single family home on Thursday.

Tori Minette just moved into her apartment four months ago. "I came home from work and saw all this commotion going on and drove down here and there's a tree on my house," said Minette.

Her unit on the second floor took the brunt of the fall. "I just got a new living room set so I don't really know how everything is right now."

Electricity was cut off immediately in both buildings, and an SUV in the driveway was consumed by the debris.

Fortunately, only one person was home in the apartment building at the time and was able to escape unharmed. "My neighbor has a dog. I hope he's ok," said Minette.

A tree removal service showed up and began to assess the daunting task of clearing this massive obstacle. "I was ready to cook dinner, hang out. I'm not sure what to do now," said Minette.

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved.