Residents displaced as tree falls on Sacramento apartment building

Several residents of a Sacramento apartment complex were forced to scramble for another place to live after a giant tree limb fell on their building late Saturday.

Five units were damaged when the limb collapsed on the building at 3234 Bell St. in a working-class Arden-area neighborhood just east of the Capitol City Freeway.

Much of the massive limb was still draped over the building and hanging over the parking lot Sunday; the damaged units were deemed uninhabitable for the time being and were cordoned off with yellow police tape. Most residents, though, went about their business Sunday, saying they heard the limb fall in the night but were at a loss to explain why it had happened.

“It was like a firecracker, like a fire exploding,” said Jose Murray, a building resident whose apartment unit wasn’t among those damaged.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said no one was injured. The limb caused an estimated $10,000 in damage. It remained unclear why the limb fell, the district said.

One of the displaced residents, rushing in and out of his unit briefly Sunday afternoon, said he doesn’t know where he’s going to live in the short term. He declined to give his name but said none of his belongings in the apartment, which is on the ground floor, suffered any damage.

The area chapter of the American Red Cross was able to assist one tenant with temporary lodging and financial aid and planned to meet with another tenant late Sunday, said spokeswoman Lilly Wyatt. The organization hasn’t been able to reach the other tenants yet, she said.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler