LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 92-year-old Eagle Rock woman was injured Thursday after a large oak tree from a neighboring home fell on her house, authorities said.
Firefighters were sent to the 1700 block of Campus Road shortly before 11 a.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The woman, now identified as Lupe Carmona, was taken to a hospital for treatment of an arm injury that was not life-threatening, Humphrey said.
While the first wave of wet weather moved through the Southland earlier Thursday morning, authorities were not yet ready to say the storm was a factor.
“Though there has been rain and wind, (the) LAFD cannot formally declare a reason for the tree falling,” Humphrey said.
“We’re in a drought. we’ve been in a six year drought so maybe the tree is diseased in some way, we don’t know,” added LAFD Captain Daniel Curry.
CBS2’s Laurie Perez spoke to the homeowner’ niece who said her aunt who just turned 92, was covered by dirt, back and broken pieces of sheet rock.
“It just fell, she’s just glad it didn’t happen in the middle of the night, she just thought it was rain but then neighbor came over and said a tree just fell on your house,” said Carmona’s niece, Maria Acosta.
Carmona has been released from the hospital and is staying with her niece in Glendale, Perez reports.
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