Firefighters and rescue units worked to clear a man who had been pinned under a storm-blown tree that damaged an apartment complex in Renton, unincorporated King County early Sunday. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Firefighters and rescue units worked to clear a man who had been pinned under a storm-blown tree that damaged an apartment complex in Renton, unincorporated King County early Sunday. COURTESY PHOTO, Puget Sound Fire

Storm-torn tree crashes into apartment building, injuring man

  • Sunday, February 23, 2020 8:59pm
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Strong rain and wind blew through the area early Sunday morning, damaging power lines and trees – including a large, tall evergreen that fell through the middle of a six-unit, two-story apartment building in Renton, trapping and critically injuring a man, the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority reported.

At 7:15 a.m., Puget Sound Fire units were dispatched to an aid call of a possible tree through a home in the 22200 block of 196 Avenue Southeast in unincorporated King County. First-responders found a man conscious and pinned across the torso area when they arrived.

The Renton man, in his 60s, had been sleeping on his couch in the living room when the tree collapsed. He was treated in place while the tree and structure were stabilized. The patient was extricated and transported approximately one hour and 40 minutes after initial dispatch by Medic One to a hospital in critical but stable condition, according to Puget Sound Fire,

The tree fell through the second floor and also damaged the first floor of the complex.

Zone 3 (South King County) rescue response was requested to bring specialized equipment and trained technicians to the incident. Seattle Fire Department provided additional rescue resources.

In all, 14 units responded to the call, including Puget Sound Fire, South King Fire and Rescue, King County Fire District 2, Seattle Fire, King County Medic One, and Zone 3 fire rehab.

The property manager was working with a tree removal service and board up company to secure the building. The remaining residents have been temporarily displaced. All the tenants have renter’s insurance and are working with their insurance company for assistance.

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