Crews remove 70-foot limbs that fell from a large pine tree Tuesday afternoon and damaged two nearby homes in central Modesto, temporarily displacing two families, fire officials said.
Four children and two adults suffered minor cuts and bruises from falling debris, said Modesto Fire Capt. Matt Curless. The injured people were taken to a hospital as a precaution, he said.
Shortly before 12:30 p.m., firefighters were called to the 500 block of Brighton Avenue.
Curless said two of three large tree limbs fell. One crashed into the roof of a two-story apartment complex, and the other damaged the roof of a nearby single-story house.
It was unclear to officials why the tree limbs fell.
The tree could have been diseased. Curless said the tree also could have been having trouble absorbing water in the hot weather, which made it top-heavy.
The displaced families were living in low- income housing units at the apartment complex.
Government housing officials were finding another place for them to live, Curless said.
The house sustained significant damage to its roof and other parts of the structure, but the residents were not displaced.