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Large tree falls on house on Vine Street

By Dan Miller

Posted 7/19/19

Power lines are down, but not live. Electricity was turned off to the house.

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Large tree falls on house on Vine Street


A large maple tree fell onto a house in the 1100 block of Vine Street in Middletown late Thursday night.

Michael Kachel, his wife Angie and his two teenage stepsons were in the house when the tree fell, but nobody was hurt, Michael said.

“It was about 10:30 or 11 p.m. last night when my stepson heard a huge bang and the tree came down,” Michael said.

It’s a mystery to the Kachels as to what made the tree fall. There have been storms and lightening in recent days, but the Kachels said nothing like that was going on Thursday night.

There was no indication of any problem with the tree, said Michael, adding that the Kachels only moved into the house a year ago.

“The tree was just tired and decided she was gonna lay down,” said Angie.

Most of the tree landed on the roof, but Michael said there is no sign of damage to the roof inside the house.

Michael said Middletown borough came out Thursday night to turn the power off to the house and make sure the situation was safe. The house is habitable, he said, although the electricity is off. There were power lines down Friday morning, but the lines were not live.

Michael had his own generator running Friday morning to supply electricity.

Some friends would be bringing a few more generators over, because at this point the Kachels may be without power at least through the weekend.

Michael said the borough told him the borough could restore power if Michael is able to get the tree off the house by 2 p.m. Friday. Otherwise he’d have to wait until Monday, Michael said the borough told him.

However, Michael said his insurance company told him an adjuster can’t be out until Monday.

That puts him in a “Catch-22,” Michael said. He’s not sure if its a good idea to completely remove the tree from the house before the insurance adjuster comes out on Monday, in terms of Michael being able to file a claim to cover the damage.

Borough Public Works Director Greg Wilsbach did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Angie is from York Haven and Michael is originally from Rhode Island. Michael is a truck driver, and the Kachels moved to the area so he could be close to the freight rail lines.

They first moved to Highspire, but moved to Middletown a year later because they wanted their kids to be in Middletown Area School District, Michael said.