Tree falls into Atascadero apartments

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ATASCADERO — A tree fell into an apartment complex on Amapoa Road Wednesday, Feb. 13, morning and eight people were displaced, the City of Atascadero reported.

The apartments were in the 8000 block of Amapoa Avenue. A nearby resident reported the downed tree early that morning around 7:15 a.m.

The first arriving engine found a large pine tree that had fallen into two single-story, multi-family apartments. All occupants were evacuated without incident.

However, the smell of natural gas was present and a water line was broken near one of the units. Due to the large size of the tree and the location, the gas main was difficult for firefighters to locate and access but both utilities were eventually located and secured. 

Firefighters carried out salvage operations for the residents' belongings. It took approximately 15 minutes to ensure occupants were out and utilities secured. The Red Cross was requested to the scene and the property owner, James Ellsworth was contacted.                                                                                   

A total of two engines, one fire marshal, and one building code officer were dispatched along with six firefighters. Emergency crews remained at the scene for approximately 90 minutes. 

A total of eight residents were displaced and firefighters were able to save $10,000 in property value. An estimated $400,000 in damage to the property was incurred. No one was injured.

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