(PHOTOS) – Decatur law firm moves temporarily after historic tree fallsContractors for Southland Tree Service remove parts of a 300-year-old red oak tree that fell along East Ponce De Leon Avenue on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
By Dena Mellick, Associate editor
A Decatur law firm was forced to temporarily move offices while repairs get under way to fix damage left by a 300-year-old red oak tree that fell in June.
The historic tree barely missed a man who was working at Trinity Title Insurance’s offices on East Ponce De Leon Avenue. The giant oak came down during a storm on June 18.
Larry McDaniel, founder and principal owner of Trinity Title Insurance, said the operation was moving this week to temporary offices in the Fidelity Bank building.
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He told Decaturish he is still awaiting an engineers’ report on the repair work. McDaniel said they are also trying to determine how to dispose of the massive stump. He said a 20-ton crane tried to remove the stump previously and was unable to lift it.
McDaniel previously told Decaturish that a flag pole, installed by his father who bought the building with him 28 years ago, actually helped prevent more damage. “The flag pole that my dad had built 20-some odd years ago and installed right by that front corner is now in the shape of a “C”… that helped deflect some of it too when it went down,” McDaniel said.
You can see the flag pole curved into the building in the photos below.