FD: Tree trimmer dies after palm frond falls in Mesa

MESA, AZ - A tree trimmer has died Wednesday morning after getting caught underneath heavy fronds on a palm in Mesa.

Fire Capt. Forest Smith says the man was unresponsive when firefighters arrived.

They were called just before 10 a.m. to a home near Horne and Main Street where a trimming crew was working in the backyard.

The trimmer had used a belt and spikes to climb the tree and was about 35 feet up in the tree when he got caught by the weight of the fronds, according to Smith.

Smith said firefighters used a ladder truck to reach the body.

A man working with the deceased worker told ABC15 crews that it looked like his chainsaw and had cut him in the face.

The deceased man's identity was not immediately released.

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