Tree crashes onto Hartford apartment building

Tree crashes onto cars in Hartford
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 6:56 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A tree came down and caused damage at an apartment building in Hartford early Tuesday morning.

Channel 3 viewers reported that the tree damaged at least one unit and several vehicles at a building on Gillett Street.

Eyewitness News viewer Patrick sent in a photo of damage from the inside of a unit.

An apartment building on Gillett Street in Hartford was damaged by a tree that fell on Sept. 6.
An apartment building on Gillett Street in Hartford was damaged by a tree that fell on Sept. 6.(@Pat_loot / iWitness)

The tree fell over onto cars in the parking lot overnight.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

It caused a lot of damage to cars and the apartment building.

Crews have been cleaning up all day.

“I sat on my bed and I hear a big sound so me being me, I looked out my window and there I saw the tree falling on to the cars and the building,” said Sharon Brown, of Hartford.

“I was having a nice good night’s sleep and all of a sudden, boom boom boom bam. Glass is flying in and everything. I thought it was an explosion. I didn’t know what to expect,” said Patrick Grant.

“It happened between 1 and 2 in the morning. Heard a big bang and next thing you know, everybody is running out,” said Lewis Palmer, of Hartford.

Lewis has lived on Gillett Street in Hartford for the past few years.

He was shocked to see what happened to his car after a large tree toppled over in the apartment complex’s parking lot.

His car was destroyed.

“Aahh what can you do? It hurts it hurts to lose something I just received a couple months ago,” he said.

Several other cars were damaged.

Branches pierced through windows of the apartment building.

“I never seen nothing like that in my life. I never thought something like that could happen. The root of the tree and how it came out of the concrete,” said Lewis.

He’s relieved that nobody was hurt.

“I know the destruction was, that was hard to look at like wow. If somebody was there, that would have been a disaster,” Lewis said.

The drought has been impacting trees throughout the state.

“Water is a critical part of plant health. And so when trees aren’t getting enough water, they’re going to be stressed and so we’re seeing visible signs of that stress in trees across Connecticut,” said Jenna Turner, Supervisor with Vegetation Management at Eversource. “Our arborists are noticing very early fall colors with dull leaves changing color early. As well as branches dying and those dead branches are of course a concern for the utility.”

She says when the ground gets saturated with water from rainfall, trees are more likely to uproot and fall over

“The people of Connecticut should be paying attention to their trees and looking for signs of stress such as that early fall color, branch dieback and I always recommend that people consult with a licensed arborist if they have questions about their trees,” Jenna said.

Tenants have been on the phone with their insurance companies throughout the day, trying to assess the damage.

Fortunately, there haven’t been many outages in Hartford.

Tree crashes onto parking lot in Hartford
Tree crashes into Hartford apartment building
A tree came down and caused damage at an apartment building in Hartford early Tuesday morning.
A tree came down and caused damage at an apartment building in Hartford early Tuesday morning.