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Large tree falls on vehicles at Aiea High School

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Firefighters worked to clear a large tree that fell on the Aiea High School campus Friday night.

It reportedly fell at around 7:19 p.m. onto two vehicles that were parked in front of the administration building.

Officials estimate the rainbow shower tree to be around 40 to 50 feet tall with a trunk diameter of two to three feet.

No one was hurt.

Once firefighters made sure no one was in the area, they used chainsaws to cut up and remove the branches.

"We do respond to these types of incidents, especially when we have windy conditions or a lot of heavy rain, so it's something we're prepared for, we have equipment for, we train for," said Battalion Chief David Morgan, Honolulu Fire Department.

One vehicle was removed rather quickly, officials said, however the second vehicle required additional manpower and roughly 30 minutes before it could be removed.

There was a football game taking place on campus at the time.

"We're just thankful that no one got injured. Due to the size of that tree, that could have done a lot of
damage if it was located in a more populated area. We're fortunate that we just had minor structural
damage to some vehicles," Morgan said.

The Department of Education will be responsible for the tree's complete removal, fire officials said.


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