Trees vs houses - not quite as previously reported

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Final stages of demolition
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

By Diane Hettrick

I got it wrong. In the previous story of Trees vs Houses, I reported that the tree fell and damaged the house, which had to be demolished.

Another neighbor has weighed in with what he saw, which was the tree coming down.

The back story: according to property records, it looks like the house was an inheritance. So no one was living in it. The heirs decided to demolish the house and obtained a City permit.

The demolition crew used the tree, which obviously they planned to take down anyway, to help demolish the house. They deliberately felled the tree so it sliced through the house.

This is one story that just gets stranger and stranger as details emerge. Any other neighbors care to report in?

Updated 12-31-2014 4:26pm


Anonymous,  December 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM  

I'm curious about two things: Was Habitat for Humanity/Re-Store was invited to remove usable building materials ahead of demolition? Was the tree taken to a mill to be cut into lumber?

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