By Jeanette DeForge
A massive oak tree fell on a home Monday evening, crushing an attached sun room and killing a resident inside. Pineview Circle was closed from 7:30 p.m. until about 11 p.m. while rescue crews and police removed the large tree from the home. "An investigation is currently underway on Pineview Circle where a large tree has fallen on a home resulting in the death of one individual," police said in a written statement. A couple in their 60s had just returned from vacation when the tree fell on the sun room attached to the home at 81 Pineview Circle, killing the man who was sitting inside, sources said. In total three "massive" oak trees fell in the incident. The one that crushed the sun room weighed more than 32,000 pounds, sources said. One tree could be heard falling at about 10 p.m. while rescue crews were working. The tree was removed from the home at about 10:30 and most crews left shortly after 11 p.m. Police and fire officials did not comment further on the tragedy at the scene Monday night. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family at this time," police said in the statement. The victim's name was not released.
Tuesday Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the tree fell from the backyard through the roof and into the home. It landed directly onto the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. He did not release the name of the victim because it is not a criminal investigation. Agawam Police and Fire were assisted by the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Crew which is made up of firefighters from a variety of different departments including Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke and Northampton, who are trained in difficult rescues. Interstate Towing assisted with cranes and other equipment and Top Notch Tree Service were also called to help to remove the tree from the house. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Special Operations, Columbia Gas and Eversource also assisted at the scene. The Chicopee Fire Department was also seen bringing generators and other equipment to the home. Rescue teams also set up large floodlights as it got dark. The road was closed between 41 Pineview and the intersection of Arrowood Drive but neighbors were allowed to walk down the street to their homes.
Photos below courtesy of MassLive by Mark M. Murray
Video below from WWLP on July 23, 2017