The tree might be a goner. There was heavy rain here over the last 10 days (6-7 inches) . I looked at the trunk and it looks almost like streaks of sooty water had run down the trunk.
Two arm/scaffolds are above the photo I attached. The sooty runoff might have reached all the way down.
**QUESTION:If the bark is not damaged does it offer any protection against infection?. If so I could “wash” the trunk surface with copper then Lime-sulfur and then cut off the top. It took 5 years for this tree to fruit and this is the first with any substantial fruit numbers.