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Arborist concerned that decaying tree near elementary could fall on students

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's a death trap waiting to happen. At least, that's how one arborist describes a 40-foot tree by an elementary school in Spokane. He says if the tree falls, it would land directly on a path parents and their kids use to walk to school.

"It's going to fall. Literally, we are counting days, if not minutes. It's a killer tree," said parent and arborist Joe Vogrig.  

Vogrig has kids himself that go to Cooper Elementary School and walk to his truck after school to get picked up near the dead tree. "Could you imagine these three kids walking underneath that tree at the end of school? I mean, they're not thinking about what tree is going to fall on their head," he said.

He knows how serious this is because he's been a certified arborist since 2008.  He says the tree grew straight but it's no longer that way. "It's actually decaying at the trunk and there's roots starting to pull up from out of the ladies yard. It's definitely getting worse, "said Vogrig.

Vogrig can't just take down the tree without permission. He's tried everything and has contacted the school  but the tree isn't on school property.

KHQ was able to get a hold of the property owner where this tree is located. She contacted Vogrig so work can be done to remove the tree.

Vogrig says he will be cutting down the tree on Saturday around 10:00 a.m. 

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