Lutherville resident Steve Klein's stepdaughter was going to name her newly brought home puppy "Lucky,"—that is until a tree fell on her house.
Klein's wife and stepdaughter were sitting in their living room in the 200 block of Margate Road earlier this afternoon when a tree in their front yard split in half. Part of the tree landed on the house, causing considerable damage to the roof and windows. The other half of the tree fell across Margate Road, blocking cars from going through.
Klein was in his car in the driveway at the time the tree fell.
"We were outside all morning playing with the new puppy. We just got him this today," Klein, 43, said. "One minute the tree was fine and one part was here and the other over there."
Firefighters on the scene informed Patch that there were no injuries.
A county employee who began to cut away at the downed tree limbs told Patch he assumed the tree fell because it appeared to be rotting from the inside. The high summer temperatures possibly dehydrated the tree's core, weakening the structure.
Crews said clean-up could take up to a few hours. Margate Road, coming from Ridgely Road, remained blocked off by police as of 3 p.m.