Tree Falls Onto Bethesda House

No one was home at the time


Joe Zimmermann

A tree fell onto a house on South Chelsea Lane in Bethesda on Friday afternoon, rendering the home unsafe to occupy.

There were no injuries and no one was home when the tree fell at about 1:40 p.m., Capt. Ray Sanchez of Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service said at the scene. He said he didn’t know why the tree fell or if it was weather-related. Heavy rainfall this week has left the ground saturated.

Firefighters responded after a neighbor called 911. A building inspector was surveying the damage, which Sanchez said was significant.

The fallen tree also took down several wires, according to Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer.

Part of the 4500 block of South Chelsea Lane remained closed to vehicles and pedestrians at 2:30 p.m. as it was considered unsafe because the tree was unstable and could continue to fall, Sanchez said.

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