Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Massive Rotted Oak Tree Crashes Into Home On Staten Island

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A massive rotted oak tree crashed into a home on Edinboro Rd. in Staten Island on Monday night.  One of the occupants of the house, Rosalie Plevrites, 73,  escaped a potentially fatal injury because she was downstairs watching television when the tree fell.  Her husband was at work. (Photo: Luiz C. Ribeiro/For New York Daily News

Staten Island

A Staten Island woman narrowly escaped death when a massive oak tree crashed into her master bedroom, according to the New York Daily News. 

Rosalie Plevrites ducked a potentially fatal blow from the tree because she was watching television downstairs when the fall occurred at her Lighthouse Hill home at 336 Edinboro Rd. Monday at around 9:30 p.m.

 "I was in the lower den, and I just heard an absolute crash to the house," the retired school teacher told the Daily News.

"It was tremendous ... I thought the house was coming down, it was so intense."

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The huge Oak tree came crashing down in the master bedroom on Monday.

On Tuesday, limbs and boughs were all over the back deck and yard and part of the roof in the front of the house was caved in. Water from the storm came rushing in to the home shortly after the fall, Plevrites, 73, said.

Fortunately, her husband, Peter, 69, was at work at the restaurant he owns in Queens.

"He would have been in that room, probably," she said.

"Listen, it is scary, but when you think about it, those things do happen," Peter added.

The family is also grateful the Fire Department and a neighbor across the street helped out after the crash.

"We had such immediate attention that I became much more relaxed with the situation," Rosalie said. "I just can't say how fabulous all the assistance was."

Arborist Tom McAuley said the tree is likely between 50 and 60 years old and pointed out that the base of the trunk was rotted.

He warned other homeowners to check the health of trees on their property annually.

“It may be on the back of your mind but this is a good case, you see what can happen,” McAuley said.

Read More:

Massive oak tree crashes into woman's Staten Island home
New York Daily News - January 24, 2017 - By Ellen Moynihan & Reuven Blau

‘There Was Just This Crash:’ Massive Tree Smashes Into Staten Island Home
WCBS -  January 24, 2017

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