Tree crashes into Aurora home after snow
AURORA, Colo. — In the Mission Viejo neighborhood, a huge cottonwood tree—one of five in a large tree stand—was sent falling into a home on East Kenyon Avenue, leaving one limb stuck through the game room ceiling.
It was a damaging start to the snow season in metro Denver.
“My wife said it sounded like a 12 gauge shotgun went off,” said Tony Cruz who wasn’t home when the big tree came calling from above.
“She thought our son was doing something but he slept thru the whole incident. When she went out back the 100 foot-hundred year-old tree was straddling his side fence, resting on my roof.”
Tree crews were busy cutting up the tree, trying to get things back to normal, cutting and stacking new wood for Cruz.
“I just cut down my big cottonwood a few weeks ago,” said Cruz. “As luck would have it, my stacked stumps acted as a ‘magnet’ of sorts for the downed tree, which probably saved my roof and chimney.”
When asked if he was keeping any of his neighbors downed tree, Cruz said, ‘I think I have enough wood for winter right here (pointing to several stacks of wood logs).
No one was hurt but the limb did get very close to a trophy fish on a den room wall.
Now, it’s up to insurance companies to weigh-in on which company will cover the damage, the owner of the tree or the company Cruz in insured by.