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Man wants PG&E to take down neighbor's tree

Steve Kane made it through the Camp Fire and is back in his home with his family. Now he has another fear, that a neighbor's tree may come crashing down upon his home.

Posted: Mar 3, 2019 6:23 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - A Paradise man says fire-damaged trees are threatening his home and family, and says so far PG&E's not taking action.

Homeowner Steve Kane says the tree he is concerned about is large enough to take his whole house down.

Kane, his wife and dog have all moved back into their Paradise home since the Camp Fire, but feel like now they are facing another threat to their safety.

Kane said, "After the last storm that we've had... over 10 inches of rain wind velocity at 25 mph... I have great concern of this tree that's heavily listing on my house." He said he is afraid it's going to fall over, crush his house and possibly even kill someone.

This tree has been marked "P2" by PG&E said Kane. He said that means it could fall within the next year. The currrently wet conditions and high winds are a big concern to Kane.

"They've already decided they're going to cut this tree down, and they have so far have not put any resources behind it at all... haven't seen anybody. Nothing's been done," he continued.

The tree is not actually on Kane's property. He has offered to pay the property owner to cut down the tree, but he wants to be paid back for the expense. He said the tree's owner wants to wait for it to be taken down by PG&E, because it will not cost any extra money to do that.

Kane said the Town of Paradise will not allow him to remove the tree. He said PG&E told him the tree is now is now in "management hands," but he said he has not heard back from the utility company in the last five days.

"This is bigger than me," Kane said. Action News Now has reached out to PG&E but they have yet to comment on the matter.

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