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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