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Large oak tree crashes into Glendale home amid heavy rain

A Glendale family got a Valentine’s Day surprise when they found a large oak tree had crashed onto the roof of their house, rendering it unlivable.

The tree, estimated to be between 80 and 100 years old, crashed into Brant Malan’s Bywood Drive home sometime around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday as the region was battered by several days of heavy rain. Malan, his wife and young child were not at home at the time of incident.

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Anita Shandi, a spokeswoman for the Glendale Fire Department, said the tree was located in the backyard of the home, and the residence had to be red tagged as a result of the damage.

Malan took the damage in stride and said that material things can be replaced, people cannot.

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It’s unknown what caused the tree to topple, but the recent spate of wet weather brought around 2 inches of rain to Glendale, according to the National Weather Service.

Even more rain is expected to drench the Southland throughout the weekend.

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