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Tree crashes through roof of Greenville community center

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Bobby Pearse Community Center (Source: Brad Cuttino) Bobby Pearse Community Center (Source: Brad Cuttino)
Damage at Bobby Pearse Community Center. (5/30/18 FOX Carolina) Damage at Bobby Pearse Community Center. (5/30/18 FOX Carolina)
Damage at Bobby Pearse Community Center. (5/30/18 FOX Carolina) Damage at Bobby Pearse Community Center. (5/30/18 FOX Carolina)
Damage at Bobby Pearse Community Center. (5/30/18 FOX Carolina) Damage at Bobby Pearse Community Center. (5/30/18 FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville city officials said a tree fell onto the Bobby Pearse Community Center.

Officials said the tree crashed through the rough of the center Tuesday.

The community center is located on Townes Street near North Main Park.

There is no word yet on the extent or cost to repair the damage.

Wednesday crews worked to remove the tree and cut it into smaller pieces. Laid out, the tree took up the entire length of the parking lot.

"It was a little chilling thinking about what could have happened," said a neighbor.

Erin Hinson is a working mother, her three children have been going to the after school program at the center for years.

"Since they were in kindergarten and first grade so it's part of daily existence," Hinson said. "I rely upon it."

She said her kids knew that tree and played around it often. She said they weren't surprised to see that was the one that toppled down.

Brad Cuttino with the Parks and Rec Department said they were made aware of that tree and it had been on their radar for some time.

"Our tree crew has been back there and made an effort over the past year to get it taken down," Cuttino said.

He said the location was a problem, it stood along a creek bed and when machines came in they sunk into the mud. He said it became a safety hazard for tree crews.

"They had to pull out and try several other times to try and get it out," Cuttino said. "So it's been one that's been visited and revisited."

He said the tree was always healthy, but they are using this time to give the property another once over.

"We've had our tree crew out over the last few days taking a look and I think we're addressing any tree that's a concern at this point," Cuttino said.

Those who use the center every day said they are glad the city acted so quickly. The after school program has been switched to Sears Community Center a mile away, but the change will take some time for parents and kids to get used to.

It's just not quite as close, not quite as convenient," Hinson said.

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