EXCLUSIVE: A large tree outside Hillsdale Mayor Max Arnowitz house fell across the road last night, smashing into the home of a 57-year-old neighbor — who didn’t hear it.
Nancy Kovar was asleep in a first-floor bedroom on the other side of her house when the 70-foot tree came crashing across Trinity Place — breaking a basement window, putting holes in the roof and a second-floor bedroom and downing power lines to her Washington Avenue home — around 11:15 p.m.
It was her generator kicking on that then woke her, Kovar said.
The first emergency service call that came in, in fact, was for a possible transformer explosion.
It wasn’t until Police Officer Tom Smith arrived that emergency service authorities knew exactly what happened.
Kovar, who was nursing a broken leg, was upset at first, but borough firefighters soon put her at ease.
After making sure that she was OK, Hillsdale Fire Chief Jason Durie arranged for a contractor to cover the roof hole with a tarp once the tree could be taken apart.
“She should be able to stay there. There isn’t any real structural damage,” Durie told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. “She should be OK.”
The tree, in a borough right-of-way, stood at the corner of Washington Avenue and Trinity Place outside the mayor’s home. It was being removed today.
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