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Eucalyptus tree falls on homes, cars in Corona del Mar

October 6, 2011 |  9:26 am

Tree crushes cars in Corona del Mar

A eucalyptus tree fell Wednesday afternoon in a Corona del Mar neighborhood, striking two homes and damaging four cars. No injuries were reported.

While the season's first significant rain fell throughout the day, it was unclear what caused the tree to fall, Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe told the Daily Pilot.

It was the same type of eucalyptus tree, a blue gum, that fell on a car and killed a motorist last month as she waited for a stop light at the Newport Beach-Costa Mesa border.

On Wednesday, police and fire crews responded to 4th Avenue, between Goldenrod and Heliotrope avenues, after receiving a call at 1:25 p.m., Lowe said.

All four cars were unoccupied. At least one of them suffered serious damage, while the homes appeared to have fewer problems, Lowe said.

The tree fell on the porch area of one home and on a wrought iron gate of another.

It was also unclear if the tree was on public or private property. City crews were working to remove it and another eucalyptus tree on 4th Avenue on Wednesday evening.

Arborists have been inspecting blue gums throughout Newport, said City Manager Dave Kiff.

The city plans to remove those that pose an immediate danger, he said, and may remove others in accordance with city policies.

Almost all the blue gum trees in Corona del Mar and on the Balboa Peninsula have been analyzed, Kiff said, but arborists have not yet finished compiling their recommendations.

Another tree — not a eucalyptus — fell on Lido Isle around 2:45 p.m. It damaged one home in the 700 block of Via Lido Soud, but caused no injuries. Kiff said that tree appeared to be on private property.

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Photo: City crews work to remove a eucalyptus tree that fell in the area of Goldenrod and Fourth avenues in Corona del Mar. Credit: Steve Georges / Times Community News

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