Historic Tree Catches Fire, Collapses in FL

A historic tree caught fire, burned, and collapsed in Seminole County in central Florida. Initial reports indicated that the fire might have been arson, but an investigator ruled otherwise later on in the day.

The 118-foot-tall bald cypress tree nicknamed “The Senator” burned early Monday, according to The Orlando Sentinel (http://thesent.nl/xBjd2H). The tree is believed to be around 3,500 years old, and one of the world’s oldest cypress trees.

Firefighters arrived early in the morning at around 5:50 a.m. local time and pulled more than 800 feet of hose through the woods to access the fire. Almost two hours later, a 20-foot section of the tree fell off, and later more of the tree collapsed.

Video below comes courtesy of WFTS.

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