Tree falls in Fulton Heights, takes power lines with it

  • Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:16 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 12:17 a.m.
Firefighters respond Monday afternoon to the 600 block of Maupin Avenue, where a fallen tree pulled down power lines. Photo by Emily Ford
Firefighters respond Monday afternoon to the 600 block of Maupin Avenue, where a fallen tree pulled down power lines. Photo by Emily Ford

SALISBURY — A massive oak tree estimated to be 100 years old fell Monday in the 600 block of Maupin Avenue, taking with it power, cable and phone lines.

Firefighters, police officers and a Duke Energy representative were on the scene around 1 p.m. The city’s street department was expected to help clear the road in the Fulton Heights neighborhood.


The tree fell across three yards, and branches blocked the street. The tree pulled down several power lines and broke utility poles. Additional power lines were compromised, according to Capt. D.M. Nichols.

Firefighters went door to door to check on residents and warn them to stay inside until Duke Energy could de-energize the downed power lines.

No one was in immediate danger, Nichols said.

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