Tree struck by lightning falls on Berkeley homes

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Thunder, lightning and heavy rain Monday led to the destruction of property when a giant redwood tree fell in North Berkeley.

According to Berkeleyside, the 70-foot tree was reduced to about 24 feet when it was hit by lightning. The tree — located near the intersection of Holly Street and Buena Avenue — sent debris flying, hitting houses and other properties about 1:15 p.m. Substantial branches and parts of the trees fell on multiple houses.

Several windows and skylights in nearby homes were broken out, but there were no reported injuries, Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said to Berkeleyside.

As of 4:30 p.m., firetrucks, police cars and phone-line operators were still working on the damages from the incident. Many houses still had debris and broken glass. One minivan had been smashed by a part of the tree.

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