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Deadly tree collapse sparks safety conversation in Del Mar

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 21:33:39-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The recent incident of two people killed by a falling tree in Ocean Beach is igniting concerns about tree safety.

Rebecca Crow lives in Del Mar and part of a neighbor’s tree fell on her home almost seven years ago when she was inside.

“I was way over here in the the other room it was like a missile,” said Crow, “I thought a rocket went by.”

The eucalyptus tree caused more than $15,000 worth of damage to her home and her neighbor’s insurance paid for it, but now the tree has grown back.

“This one I’ve been told if it comes down on my house it will destroy my house,” said Crow pointing to the massive Torrey pine next to the eucalyptus.

It was a Torrey pine on Monday that fell on a home in Point Loma Heights, killing the two people inside who were visiting from North Dakota.

Crow says talks with her neighbor to trim or remove the trees have stalled and the city has not intervened.

The City of Del Mar says permits are required to remove trees by property owners and they sometimes remove them without perits in emergency situations.

“A lot of the tree issues here are about views, mine is about safety,” said Crow.

Crow says she has been advised to contact her neighbor’s insurance company about the prospect of removing the tree.

“I love my view,” said Crow, “but I hope I’m not in here when it falls again.”