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Single dad, 4 boys homeless after Facebook tree-trimmer wrecks KCK home

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Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 00:45:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kansas, family was forced from their home Wednesday when a tree-trimmer felled a tree onto a house.

AJ Reese made three payments to a man he found on Facebook to cut down a tree, which Wyandotte County Code enforcement sent a letter saying had to be cut down.

Two men showed up around 7 p.m. to begin the work and, despite protests from Reese about how they were cutting down the tree, dropped the tree onto one of his four boys’ bedrooms.

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A Kansas City, Kansas, family was forced from their home Wednesday when a tree-trimmer felled a tree onto a house. AJ Reese made three payments to a man he found on Facebook to cut down a tree, which Wyandotte County Code enforcement sent a letter saying had to be cut down.

Fortunately, there were no injuries, but the damage to the home in the 3300 block of Webster Avenue, which Reese has owned for around a year, was extensive.

It included cracks along the walls of several rooms and a gaping hole in the house’s roof.

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A Kansas City, Kansas, family was forced from their home Wednesday when a tree-trimmer felled a tree onto a house. AJ Reese made three payments to a man he found on Facebook to cut down a tree, which Wyandotte County Code enforcement sent a letter saying had to be cut down.

Unfortunately, Reese said the tree-trimmer was not bonded or insured.

Reese and his boys are staying in a hotel tonight, but tomorrow they essentially will be homeless, he said.

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A Kansas City, Kansas, family was forced from their home Wednesday when a tree-trimmer felled a tree onto a house. AJ Reese made three payments to a man he found on Facebook to cut down a tree, which Wyandotte County Code enforcement sent a letter saying had to be cut down.

A family friend has started a Go Fund Me to help with repair costs for Reese and his children.

Reese also told 41 Action News he'd welcome assistance from any volunteers who wanted to lend a hand with plywood or drywall this weekend.