Motel damaged by tree in Madera County

FRESNO, Calif.

Ferocious winds sent this enormous pine tree crashing down on room 36 of the Casa Grande Motel Monday. It fell so hard and so fast that the top part of it snapped landing on the other side of the building.

"It's bad. It's bad. You know I've never seen these things before."

Amado Armas stayed in room 36. He returned home from working the almond fields to find his room obliterated.

"For the last 25 years I've lived in this county, I've never seen this kind of wind before." said Armas.

Yellow tape prevented him from going inside to get his personal belongings. He won't be able to get his things until the tree is removed.

In Northeast Fresno on Magill and Sherman, the owner of this condo is thankful that rain and wind pushed a 40 foot tree onto the street instead of her home. It crushed the hood of this grey sedan and damaged a silver coupe.

"Well first we heard this real big thunder. We thought it was lightning or thunder. It was unbelievable to wonder that somebody wasn't hurt." said Florence Kosiek.

Professional crews used chainsaws and a chipper to remove the tree safely from the property. And just a couple miles further north on Callisch and Nees, another tree split in two.

Neighbors here tell us a lightning bolt struck just after 4 P.M. And while one half fell harmlessly, the other landed onto another neighbor's roof.

Action News talked to the owner who said Monday marked the sixth anniversary of when he purchased the motel. And this tree falling down is not quite the present he was hoping for.

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