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Large oak tree scheduled for removal falls on house

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A large oak tree that was scheduled to be cut down by the city of Savannah on or before Dec. 7 fell on a house on Washington Ave. Thursday morning.

Jerry Flemming, director of the tree and park department, says the tree was rotten and evaluated in August.

While the tree was slated to be cut down on or before Dec. 7, Flemming says the city cuts down trees based on priority, and trees aren't always cut down on or before the day they are scheduled to be torn down due to limited manpower and equipment.

James Keating was riding his bike when he heard the tree fall on the house.

"It sounded like gunfire to me but it wasn't until I turned around and saw the tree fall on the house that I knew what happened," says Keating.

Crews worked throughout the day to remove tree limbs and cut the tree into pieces in order to move it off the house. One lane of Washington Ave. was temporarily shut down as crews cleaned up debris.

The man who lives in the house wasn't home.

Georgia Power shut off electricity to the home and taped off the area until crews can go in and further evaluate the damage. In the meantime, the house is not considered safe.

Crews will return Friday to finish the clean up.

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