Oak tree falls down on a Lake Charles funeral home - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Oak tree falls down on a Lake Charles funeral home

 By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)- It's been here over one hundred years, but Thursday afternoon, a Lake Charles oak tree had it's last stand.

 "I was standing behind the desk and I heard this loud boom, but I knew it wasn't raining outside," said Chaisity Paddio.

It wasn't rain, but a very large oak tree. Around one o'clock, a oak tree feel right on top of the Combre Funeral Home. Chaisity Paddio was in the funeral home when the tree crashed and received a call about what had happened.

"She just told me I just watched a tree fall into your funeral home.  I ran outside and I saw this tree of sixty years standing in the funeral home," said Paddio.

"It's kind of surprising, but I've been trying to save it for a couple of years. I guess today was the day it wanted to go," said Marcus Combre.

Marcus Combre is the manager at the funeral home. He says their business has been there since 1976, but the tree has been there even longer. A part of their history came to an end.

"My father's home was here and my grandfather was a medical doctor here on this corner, the tree has been here since then," said Combre.

"I'm a little surprised because it's been here forever. You expect things to stay as they are and you forget about how old they can be, "said Trevelyn Johnson

Burns McLachlan Tree Surgery service estimates the tree's probably been there over one hundred years. They say many factors played a part in the tree's falling.

"The tree had been hit by lighting several years ago and it had some damage. The termites got into the basin and have eaten the roots. It kept on growing and eventually gave away with the weight," said Andy McLachlan.

The building sustained minor damage and luckily no one was injured.

"I'm just glad it really didn't come into the funeral home and the branches didn't go through the window. I'm just glad it didn't come into the funeral home at all," said Paddio.

Once the tree is removed, the Combre Funeral Home plans to plant another one in place of the former oak tree.

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