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PLEASANTON — Seventeen people escaped injury Tuesday when a tree fell on a historic church in Pleasanton, firefighters said Wednesday.
Firefighters were called to Second and Neal Streets at 2:07 p.m. because a tree had fallen on the Lighthouse Baptist Church, built in 1876.
Almost everyone was on the other side of the church when the tree fell, obliterating the kindergarten and toddler wing, Pastor Bill Bryson said. It narrowly missed the office where the administrative assistant was, Bryson added.
Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department battalion chief Craig Berchtold said firefighters received numerous calls about trees in buildings on Tuesday. The church was one of many.
An arborist removed the fallen tree from the church Tuesday night, Berchtold said.
Bryson said the nursery and toddlers’ wing will be moved to a different part of the church while that part is rebuilt. The damage does not affect the Sunday services or the Christian school.
17 people, including students and teachers, were in the church when the tree fell, Bryson said.
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