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Tree Falls On Singers' Home

By Logan Hall

A loud crack, followed by shaking ground and the sound of shattering glass would send anyone running for safety. As he was jumping out of the way of a collapsing roof, and dodging broken glass and debris, Aaron Singer thought he was caught in the middle of an earthquake. After clearing the crumbling walls behind him and checking on his brother, he quickly realized that the chaos was due to a giant valley oak tree that had uprooted and crashed down onto his bedroom.
“The tree shook the whole house,” said the 15-year-old Nordhoff High School student who was enjoying summer break by playing his ukulele on his couch. “I jumped up and ran into the living room and the roof was collapsing. It scared the crap out of me.”
According to certified arborist Mark Crane, the tree had been fermenting, meaning it was rotting internally. “These valley oaks are more prone to this kind of thing,” said Crane, who owns and operates Mark Crane’s Tree and Arborist Services. “This time of year, they are very active and are pulling a lot of water from the groun

A loud crack, followed by shaking ground and the sound of shattering glass would send anyone running for safety. As he was jumping out of the way of a collapsing roof, and dodging broken glass and debris, Aaron Singer thought he was caught in the middle of an earthquake. After clearing the crumbling walls behind him and checking on his brother, he quickly realized that the chaos was due to a giant valley oak tree that had uprooted and crashed down onto his bedroom. “The tree shook the whole house,” said the 15-year-old

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