Damage & Prevention

Tree contractor work ends when tree collapsed on home, causing severe damage

Article from First Coast News March 06, 2017 / By Kenneth Amaro WTLV

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Words are not necessary, a cell phone video tells it all. Hayward Sellers lives next door and watched it unfold.

“They probably picked someone who was not experienced in cutting the tree down,” Sellers said.

The homeowners Tony and Cindy Alvarez were not home at the time; they were at the hospital. Tara Trucks lives next door and was a witness to the debacle. Trucks said it made her sick to watch the colossal mistake as it happened.

She also said the workers from Jam Up Tree service never apologized. Ken Amaro called JAM Up Tree Service of Callahan and spoke with Jose Martinez.

“I was doing them a favor,” said Martinez. “They’re friends of a friend.”

Martinez failed to explain what went wrong, but accepted full responsibility.

“I am going to make it good as soon as everyone calms down,” Martinez said.

JSO responded to a call from the Alvarez family, but the workers from JAM Up Tree Service took off.

The investigating office found a mobile meth lab and turned it over to its narcotics division. Then they told the family that the tree is a civil matter.

“I don’t know anything about the meth lab,” said Martinez.

Alvarez said his homeowners insurance adjuster will take a look at the damage.

Buying a chainsaw does not make someone a tree contractor. Even though it is not a regulated industry, there are things you can do to minimize a problem:

  • Check for a business license
  • Verify liability insurance and workers compensation coverage
  • Check to see if the tree contractor is a certified with The International Society of Arbroiculture (ISA.)

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3 thoughts on “Tree contractor work ends when tree collapsed on home, causing severe damage

  • WOW! Did I read this story correctly? The tree fell on the house, and they found a meth lab IN the house?? If so, God works in mysterious ways!!

  • That is incredible, it sounds like a missing story from the Breaking Bad series. I am just glad that no one was hurt.

  • Insane! I’ve read about it at the end of May and couldn’t believe it! How irresponsible do you have to be to not even ask for help from someone who knows how to get the job done right. SMH

    The meth lab is a whole different thing!


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