Residents not injured when large tree falls on house

Becky Vargo • Oct 14, 2018 at 6:36 PM

Zack Zysk said he’s cleaned up plenty of fallen branches in the 10 years that he and his wife, Kimberly, have lived in their Ferrysburg home.

He had just finished cutting up a large branch earlier on Sunday that he said had fallen in strong winds on Thursday.

But the next one down had them all beat.

The Zysks were inside their Hazel Street home when a large tree fell on it late Sunday afternoon.

Neighbors Rachell and Madeline Mahoney were outside when Rachell said she heard a crackling sound.

They both turned to look and saw the tree fall on the house across the street.

“It was so loud,” Madeline said.

Kimberly Zysk said she was between the kitchen and the living room when the tree hit.

“The bedroom - the whole ceiling is in. The skylight is lost,” Kimberly said.

Part of the kitchen ceiling fell in as well.

“A new jar of mayonnaise fell out of the cupboard and splattered all over,” Kimberly said.

The Zysks got out safely but returned to the house to look for their cat.

When Ferrysburg firefighters arrived, the Zysks were told to stay out of the house.

Firefighters cut several branches off the fallen tree to take some extra weight off the house, according to Deputy Chief Len VanderJagt. “It was probably 1,000 pounds.”

Firefighters then entered the house to search for the cat, while others put yellow tape around the property.

The gas meter was also disconnected in case the tree moved during the night.

The Zysks said they are insured.

VanderJagt said that the rest of the tree removal was up to the homeowner and their insurance company.

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