One of the world’s oldest cypress trees, estimated to be 3,500 years old, burned Monday in a wildfire in Seminole County, Florida. A spokesperson for Seminole County Fire Rescue said investigators determined that a brush fire started nearby and spread to the tree which was known as “The Senator”. The 165-foot-tall tree lost its top in a hurricane in the mid -1920′s, leaving the tree at 118 feet. Another portion of the top and several branches broke off during the fire, forcing firefighters to back off. Soon after that the tree collapsed, leaving about 20 to 25 feet remaining.
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