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A less-than-successful effort of a Tijuana resident to remove a palm tree resulted in the local fire department’s required assistance in a neighborhood approximately 12 miles east of central Tijuana on the afternoon of September 1.

The resident, who preferred to remain anonymous, succeeded in downing the unwanted palm, but when the tree toppled onto a nearby power line, neighbors summoned the fire department personnel for assistance.

Using a chainsaw, rope, and other instruments to prevent the tree from dragging down power lines and poles, after 15 minutes the tree was halved and then quartered once on the ground.

Both the Tijuana fire department and utility company recommend that residents of Tijuana contract tree-removal experts when attempting to remove any tree taller than the height of electrical lines.

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whyigotahaveid Sept. 3, 2009 @ 3:10 p.m.

thats funny,

like theyre gonna call a tree trimmer.ha ha they dont even call an electrician . so many of the residence there just toss a metal hook up onto the power line and pirate the electricity. most people from third world countries have a do it yourself mentality. forget about permits and inspections. have you tried buying a home lately? most of the properties in less desirable areas were purchased by people with this mentality. they tried to make them into castles. did the work themselves. ran out of credit and abandoned them. no permit, no inspections. unfinished , illegal . uninhabitable. i tried to pick up a home that i could afford on my meager salary and they all had the same problems i just mentioned.bank wouldnt finance. call a trimmer ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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