Two people were killed after a 75-foot-tall tree fell on a home in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego on Monday.
The tree fell around 6:15 a.m. at a two-story home near the intersection of Santa Monica Avenue and Santa Barbara Street, San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Rick Ballard said.
Rescue crew discovered two victims who were pronounced dead at the scene. Another resident was also inside the house but make it out safely.
Strong wind blasts around 40 mph were marked during the time the tree fell, according to the National Weather Service.
San Diego Gas & Electric crews were called to the scene to repair some downed power lines and shut off gas to the home.
“It was horrendous. I’ve never heard anything like it. It was crashing and people yelling,” a neighbor said. “The tree has been here as long as I’ve moved here 50 years ago. It’s been pruned and re-pruned. It was an accident waiting to happen.”
No details about the victims were immediately available.