Burke, VA - Heavy rainfalls over the past days may have been responsible for a tree crashing onto a home in the 5900 block of Burnside Ln in Burke, VA , killing one of it's occupants. Sixty three year old Beverly Krzanovic was in the home around 8:45 p.m. on Monday night, when a massive tree, measuring approximately three to four feet in diameter and sixty feet long, sliced through her home, killing her. Her husband was also in the home and was unharmed.
Fairfax County Fire Rescue and EMS Battalion Chief Willie Bailey advises that, homeowners should pay close attention to trees surrounding their homes, especially during heavy rainfall. Chief Bailey says these kinds of incidents are rare but with ground saturation, the ground is likely to become unstable, compromising the integrity of big trees. He says homeowners should look for signs that the stability of a tree is compromised, like leaning and exposed roots. He also advises that people need to heed the directives of signs erected during floods and not drive through flooded areas.
Rain is expected in the area for the next five days with flooding risks, which will increase the likelihood of more ground saturation. Authorities warned, if you're unsure about a tree near your home, contact an tree professional immediately.