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Second Saugus home red-tagged due to pine tree

Posted: April 1, 2014 6:02 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2014 6:02 p.m.

Eric Williams stands in the backyard where a pine tree fell over Monday, red-tagging the home he owns and a neighbor's home as well. Signal photo by Jim Holt

The four-story-tall pine tree that fell on one Saugus house Monday threatened to fall on another Tuesday, and city officials red-tagged both homes for safety reasons, a Santa Clarita spokeswoman said Tuesday.

“We asked the owner of the tree to remove it,” Gail Morgan said of the tree, which is on private property. “And we anticipate that will happen, but until then we have to put a red tag on the second house.”

The giant pine tree, growing in the backyard of a home on Alaminos Drive on the north bank of Bouquet Creek, split Monday with the force of strong winds. The base of its trunk split apart, sending a main branch crashing into the roof of one home.

The home’s owner, Eric Williams, said he called in contractors to help remove the tree and has also ordered a large crane to brace the part of the tree left standing.

“We’re also going to have an arborist come out and tell us how old the tree is,” he said. “But we’re going to get a crane to secure it.”

The Williams family home was red-tagged Monday after the tree blew over onto it, Santa Clarita and fire officials said.

A short time later, the same officials ordered the adjacent home also be red-tagged.

“Because the tree is leaning over my house, that’s a huge concern,” homeowner Bill Gordon told The Signal Tuesday.

Gordon and his family were displaced after city officials roped off his home with tape. He and his family are now living with his sister-in-law a couple of blocks away, he said.

“They have to get a cherry-picker out to cut the branches,” he said, referring to the machinery needed to raise tree-cutters to the height of top branches.

“The firefighters told me that if it falls, it’s really going to gain momentum,” Gordon said.

Williams said beetles had eaten through the bark of the tree and compromised it.
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