Falling tree kills woman inside SE Portland home

Large fir tree split SE Portland home in half, killing woman

A large fir tree fell on a house overnight and killed a woman in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
A large fir tree fell on a house overnight and killed a woman in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN/AP) — A tree crashed into a Southeast Portland home Wednesday morning, killing a 60-year-old woman, as the region was inundated with another night of heavy rain.

Lt. Rich Tyler with Portland Fire & Rescue said the front corner of the house on SE 91st and Insley was completely sheared from the back of the house.

Workers assess damage from a large fir tree that fell on a house overnight and killed an elderly woman in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)
Workers assess damage from a large fir tree that fell on a house overnight and killed an elderly woman in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)

The large Douglas fir tree, roughly 30 inches in diameter, was uprooted and sliced through the house, pinning the woman underneath.

Firefighters stabilized the home so they could remove the tree and recover the body, which has been sent for an autopsy.

The woman’s brother and husband, who were also in the home, escaped uninjured.

More than 5 inches of rain have fallen on Portland since Sunday. The flooding in Oregon and Washington has unleashed landslides, flooding and wreaked havoc on transit systems.

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