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Saugus house red-tagged after tree topples on it

Posted: March 31, 2014 6:03 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 6:03 p.m.

Brandi Hurst look at tree branches sticking into her garage from a pine tree that fell on her house Monday. Signal photo by Charlie Kaijo

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A Saugus family’s home was red-tagged Monday after a tree blew over onto it, Santa Clarita and fire officials said.

“It caused some damage to the house, and it is a large enough tree that it might, with continuing winds, be blown over or rotate onto the house next door,” said Damon Letz, spokesman for the city’s Building and Safety Department.

“So the house was red-tagged,” Letz said, referring to a designation for structures of “not fit for habitation.”

The pine tree fell onto the home’s roof and into the attic. Beetles had eaten through the bark on the tree, said homeowner Bradi Hurst, adding that she thinks that’s likely the cause of the tree’s failure.

Firefighters were dispatched to the home in the 21000 block of Alaminos Drive in Saugus on a “public assistance call,” said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Anthony Akins.

Once they arrived, they notified Santa Clarita Building and Safety officials about the situation, Akins said.
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