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3,500-year-old tree destroyed in a fire


Posted on Monday, 23 January, 2012 | Comment icon 22 comments | News tip by: ohio state buckeyes


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A giant, ancient tree that was alive before the days of King Tutankhamun has been killed in a fire.

Known as 'Senator', the tree was situated in a swamp in Central Florida and was thought by many to be able to withstand just about anything. At 118ft the Senator wasn't just one of the oldest trees but also one of the tallest. It isn't clear what caused it to burn, investigators believe it may have been struck by lightning within the last two weeks and slowly burned from the inside.

"Back, way back, before King Tut was born and Alexander the Great roamed his empire, the Senator sprouted in a swamp here in central Florida, one of thousands of its kind."

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Comment icon #13 Posted by Still Waters on 23 January, 2012, 21:27
What a shame
Comment icon #14 Posted by Aliens Exist on 24 January, 2012, 6:06
The Aliens did it!
Comment icon #15 Posted by Device on 24 January, 2012, 8:40
I guess it's time had finally come. May it rest in peace. I'm amazed it survived the loggers.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 25 January, 2012, 1:29
This is sad, and I hope the cause is found to be natural, rather than arson. Quote Anyone see any squibs? (Sorry, couldn't resist that one) It was clearly a controlled demolition......
Comment icon #17 Posted by Junior Chubb on 26 January, 2012, 1:11
It was clearly a controlled demolition...... I think I will wait for the 'Official Report' before I make up my mind...
Comment icon #18 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 31 January, 2012, 16:02
That is sad. If it is naturally destroyed,then alright.
Comment icon #19 Posted by fatalcharm on 3 February, 2012, 23:43
Its a shame that the old tree is now gone, but if it burned due to natural causes such as a lightning strike then I guess there isn't really anything to get upset about. It's just mother nature doing it's thing. If the tree was destroyed due to something that humans had done, then I would be downright furious.
Comment icon #20 Posted by St.Anger on 4 February, 2012, 4:29
God darn lightning =/
Comment icon #21 Posted by Still Waters on 1 March, 2012, 23:09
Update. Here's what happened - Florida's Oldest Tree Burned Down By Woman Smoking Meth Beneath It http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/03/floridas_oldest_tree_burned_do.php
Comment icon #22 Posted by xROCKIEx on 2 March, 2012, 13:54
Ug idiot... that makes me sick... hope they lock her away for a long time. Human stupidity is why I prefer the company of animals most of the time. I live in Florida and my bf and I went to see the Senator and Lady Liberty a few months ago. He was a sight to behold. Now all that's left is Lady Liberty. She's old too, but not as old or as large as the Senator was. Hope some drugged out %*&$# doesn't burn her down.


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