Two west side homes damaged by downed tree

(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Two homes on Cleveland's west side sustained damage after a large tree fell on them late Thursday night.

The tree fell on two homes near West 129th Street near Belden Avenue. One of the homes took the majority of the impact, while a neighboring home was grazed by the downed tree.

The owner of the home that was not as severely damaged was at the Cleveland International Film Festival when the tree fell. She said she received calls from her neighbors who told her she needed to get back home and check the damage. When she arrived, firefighters and police were already on the scene. She was allowed back into her home, but her neighbor was not allowed because of the damage.

The homeowner said that the tree was already dead and hollowed, but officials from the Cleveland Fire Department say the weather and gusty wind Thursday night may have been a factor. The homeowner said the trees in the neighborhood have been there since at least 1914.

"The only personal things that really hurt me was my daughter passed away years ago and that's the bedroom I had her things in," one of the homeowners said.

Will take crews most of the day to get the tree off the house. Looks like the house will not be salvageable.

That will be determined by the insurance company. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

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