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Tree falls onto Mount Penn home; 'It was a huge boom,' neighbor says

Tree falls onto home; 'It was a huge boom,' neighbor says

MOUNT PENN, Pa. - It was a crash heard all across a Berks County neighborhood Monday morning after the heavy wind and rain sent a massive tree onto a home on Fairview Avenue in Mount Penn.

"At first, I thought it was a car accident," said neighbor Frankie Borreli. "It sounded like a big wreck."

"It was a huge boom, and at first I thought it might have been thunder," said neighbor Alayne Koller, whose entire family woke to the sound of the crash around 3 a.m.. "It was quite a shock to see it this morning."

Fortunately, no one was injured. The home's occupants told 69 News that no one was inside the bedroom that was struck.

"The damage to the interior isn't quite as severe as what it would appear to be [when] looking at it from the exterior, but it's somewhat substantial," said Steve Bright, lead technician with PuroClean Emergency Restoration Services.

Bright said the home was still inhabitable, but full repair could take up to a month.

Meanwhile, neighbors said they're fearful of future falls. Borreli said he's now planning to pay for tree removal or trimming services.

"After seeing that, we'll probably make some calls and get some new estimates. Hopefully, we'll work something out where we can protect ourselves around here," said Borreli. "Falling trees… that's what we gotta worry about now!"

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