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A huge stone pine tree fell at about 6 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the corner of Sharon Park Drive and Warner Range Avenue in Menlo Park. Luckily, it fell away from the home of owners Daphna Davidson and Jesse Rodin, and no one was injured. Five people were in the house, including a 10-month-old baby.
"We were very, very lucky," Ms. Davidson said.
The tree blocked traffic for a time, but the streets were cleared later that day.
A city arborist told the couple the tree may have fallen because of tension caused by the large limbs. After a truck hit one of the major limbs several months ago, an arborist checked the tree and said it was OK, Ms. Davidson said.
"The tree was really beautiful," she said. "It had astonishingly long limbs. Its canopy was huge. It shaded the street and probably two-thirds of our house."
-- Jane Knoerle