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Massive fig tree crashes while children play in yard

Connor Coulton, 6, got off the trampoline just in time before a massive fig tree came crashing down.
Connor Coulton, 6, got off the trampoline just in time before a massive fig tree came crashing down. Contributed

A MARYBOROUGH family is shaken after a massive fig tree, estimated to be more than 100 years old, came crashing down in their yard while children played on Wednesday afternoon.

Dinah Lindsey and her mother Georgina Debruyn were preparing dinner while three of Ms Lindsey's four children played outside on the trampoline and swings.

A Maryborough family is counting its blessings after a huge fig tree fell onto a spot where their children had been playing only moments before.
A Maryborough family is counting its blessings after a huge fig tree fell onto a spot where their children had been playing only moments before. Boni Holmes

"One minute we could here them playing shoot 'ems with sticks and the next, the booming sound of the tree as it crashed," Ms Lindsey said.

"God was watching over my kids that moment and luckily my kids had moved to our John St driveway only seconds before it fell - it was so quick."
 

A fig tree, thought to be more than 100 years old, crashed in the yard of a home on the corner of John and Queen Sts in Maryborough near a swing set where children were playing only seconds before.
A fig tree, thought to be more than 100 years old, crashed in the yard of a home on the corner of John and Queen Sts in Maryborough near a swing set where children were playing only seconds before. Contributed

The children, all aged under seven, had the whole neighbourhood running to the corner of John and Queen Sts.

"Everyone came from everywhere because they all knew the children were out in the yard," Ms Debruyn said.

Ms Debruyn said they had spoken with council, SES and Ergon but most of their cherry pickers were in Yeppoon helping the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia.

Ms Lindsey said the owner had just recently had a quote on removal of the tree.

 

The roots of the giant fig tree were exposed after it fell on Wednesday.
The roots of the giant fig tree were exposed after it fell on Wednesday. Contributed

 

 

Topics:  children, crashes, editors picks, falls, fig tree, maryborough



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