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Chico residents home demolished by tree

A Chico couple who stayed to protect their home from flames from the Camp Fire is now living through another nightmare after a tree demolished what they had saved.

Posted: Sep 6, 2019 3:05 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A Chico couple who stayed to protect their home from flames from the Camp Fire is now living through another nightmare after a tree demolished what they had saved.

Bob and Keeley Tapp were sleeping in their house when they were startled by a loud crash the morning of July 6, 2019.

"He woke up and said honey keep your head down the tree is coming down and had thrown himself over me to put himself between me and the tree," Keeley said.

Bob Tapp has lived on Honeyrun Road his whole life. He said PG&E came and cut down three trees on their property after the Camp Fire.

"The big one there the fourth one was still standing they were talking about it to their supervisors and they basically said they were going to talk about it and come and remove it, and that was back in December," Bob said.

Bob said they called PG&E after the tree fell and got a different response back.
Paul Moreno:
"We reviewed the information we had and sure enough the tree did not fall on the powerlines it wasn't leaning in that direction so our records do indicate that this tree was never identified," PG&E spokesman, Paul Moreno said. "Because it wasn't posing a threat to powerlines and therefore, we didn't cut it down.

Bob said they would have probably clipped the powerline with the branches that it had.

"But it happened to go the way of our house and we were still asleep when it happened," Bob said.

Paul Moreno said they only look at trees threatening powerlines after a wildfire.

The Tapps said they might not have enough money to remove the tree and fix their house.

"We were dreadfully underinsured," The Tapps said. "I will be honest they gave us 20 grand to do everything with, that's to remove the tree everything."

Right now the Tapps are moving what's left of their belongings into an RV.

"We are better off than a lot of people, I am not going to take that away from anybody at least we have a roof over our heads," Bob said.

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