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LONGWOOD, Fla. -- Investigators are ruling out arson after one of the world's oldest cypress trees caught fire and collapsed in central Florida.

Seminole County Fire Rescue spokesman Steve Wright says the 118-foot-tall bald cypress tree named "The Senator" burned for several hours early Monday. Wright says a 20-foot section of the top fell first and then rest of the tree collapsed.

The county parks department says ring samples showed the tree was roughly 3,500 years old.

The tree was named for a 1920s state senator who donated what is now Big Tree Park to the county.

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A loss, but inevitable sooner or later. The real tragedy would have been if it had been arson.

There was a similar situation up here in B.C. a few years back; you may have heard of 'the Golden Spruce'? A totally unique specimen, revered by the Haida Indians of the Queen Charlotte Islands B.C., Canada).
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Thanks for that.

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3,500-year-old cypress tree burns, collapses in Florida | CTV News

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LONGWOOD, Fla. -- Investigators are ruling out arson after one of the world's oldest cypress trees caught fire and collapsed in central Florida.

Seminole County Fire Rescue spokesman Steve Wright says the 118-foot-tall bald cypress tree named "The Senator" burned for several hours early Monday. Wright says a 20-foot section of the top fell first and then rest of the tree collapsed.

The county parks department says ring samples showed the tree was roughly 3,500 years old.

The tree was named for a 1920s state senator who donated what is now Big Tree Park to the county.

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LONGWOOD, Fla. -- Investigators are ruling out arson after one of the world's oldest cypress trees caught fire and collapsed in central Florida.

Seminole County Fire Rescue spokesman Steve Wright says the 118-foot-tall bald cypress tree named "The Senator" burned for several hours early Monday. Wright says a 20-foot section of the top fell first and then rest of the tree collapsed.

The county parks department says ring samples showed the tree was roughly 3,500 years old.

The tree was named for a 1920s state senator who donated what is now Big Tree Park to the county.

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John, if the tree lost the top 20 feet and then collapsed, I would suggest that it was rotten inside.


Most large trees can burn for hours and still have a solid core. just look at the forest fires (bush fires) you guys have each summer.

Some Australian trees require the heat from a natural bush fire to break open the seeds.

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Yes our pitch pines need fire to open their seeds. The big fire we had out on the island has mostly diapered behind new growth.

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What was the cause of the fire?
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Climate change. LOL
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