Echo Park -- A homeless man staying beneath a "massive" hillside tree was trapped for nearly 30 minutes this morning when it toppled over following a night of heavy rainfall, bringing down energized electric wires and significantly damaging an adjacent duplex, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.

The large pine fell across a public stairway and smashed into the roof of an apartment building next to the stairway that connects Laveta Terrace to Sunset Boulevard below. 

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