Firefighters Rescue Man Trapped by Toppled Tree Amid Stormy Weather in Echo Park

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Fire crews rescued a man who became trapped under a large tree in Echo Park that was possibly toppled by fierce winds and rain in the area Monday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 1300 block of Laveta Terrace to a report of a tree that fell over shortly after 7:50 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Earlier, the agency said the incident took place in the 1400 block of West Sunset Boulevard before correcting the address.

The male victim, described as homeless, was apparently staying beneath the massive tree when it fell on the hillside.

The first LAFD crew to arrive at the scene used a chainsaw to create a rescue path and lessen the weight on him, according to the alert. They also stabilized him.

He was trapped for nearly 30 minutes before crews successfully rescued him with the aid of an extended boom that had a lift capacity of 50 tons, according to LAFD.

Once freed, the man was placed on a gurney and wheeled to an ambulance, Sky5 video showed.

He suffered only a minor injury and declined to be transported to a hospital, fire officials said.

In addition to trapping the man, the tree also downed energized electric wires and significantly damaged a two-story duplex, the alert stated.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety assessed the building and red-tagged the unit on the building's east side, according to David Ortiz, a public information for the Fire Department.

The other unit was yellow-tagged, meaning residents can go back in to gather their belongings but won't be allowed to stay long, he said.

Crews will have to remove the tree in order to repair the damaged structure, Ortiz said.

The Department of Water and Power, meanwhile, has been dispatched to repair the downed power line.

The tree fell amid a storm that brought heavy rain and powerful winds to the Southland, but it's not known whether that caused it to buckle, according to Ortiz.

"It could’ve been a sick tree, old tree, the drought – many different reasons why a tree can fall over," he said.

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