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Tree crushes rental house in San Diego, killing Grand Forks business owners

They were staying at a house in Point Loma Heights in San Diego.

A married couple who owned and operated a business in Grand Forks was killed in a freak accident early Monday morning when a tree fell on the rental home they were staying in in southern California.  

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, a 75-foot-tall pine "as wide as a car" was felled by a strong gust of wind, crushing the Point Loma Heights vacation property where Troy and Jessica Nelson were staying for the weekend. 

Authorities said the Nelsons, who owned Trojan Promotions in Grand Forks, were sleeping in an upstairs room when the tree fell. A third person, whom the Union Tribune identified as Jessica Nelson's brother, was in the lower level of the home and survived. 

Troy was the president and sales manager of Trojan Promotions, while Jessica was the business manager. Their company specializes in promotional marketing and custom-decorated apparel. 

CBS 8 reports that the tree fell around 6:15 a.m. and the Nelsons were pronounced dead at the scene, with police telling the station that the tree crashed without warning and they were likely killed instantly. 

Trojan Promotions issued a letter to clients on Tuesday saying their "hearts are incredible heavy and we cannot even begin to express our condolences for their surviving family members." 

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