Crews remove large tree that fell on downtown Portland building
PORTLAND, Ore. - A large tree fell onto a building in downtown Portland during a wind and rain storm early Thursday morning.
No one was hurt.
The tree fell onto the Firestone building at N.W. Park Avenue and Burnside Street. KATU photographer Mike Warner said the building did not appear to be seriously damaged.
Emergency crews closed one block of Park Avenue for several hours. Burnside traffic was not affected.
Crews told KATU's Valerie Hurst that they estimated the tree to be 80 years old.
Workers said high winds likely knocked the tree down. They also said the wet ground and the fact that the tree's roots were not able to grow very far made it easier for the tree to fall.
Crews cut the branches off the tree, then used a crane to lift the trunk off the building.
The tree was removed just before 10 a.m.
KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby said wind gusts reached 30 to 35 mph in Portland overnight.