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3,500-Year-Old Tree Burns to the Ground

Eastcott Momatiuk/Getty Images(LONGWOOD, Fla.) -- “The Senator,” a 118-foot, 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Fla., burned to the ground in a matter of hours Monday.

Though the state’s Department of Forestry once suspected arson, the fire is now being treated as an accident.

“The thought now is that the fire was due to a lighting strike about two weeks ago,” said Steve Wright, a spokesman for the Seminole County Fire Rescue. “We think it was smoldering inside the tree and we only saw the blaze today, when it reached the top.”

The tree burned from the inside out in a sort of chimney effect. The Senator is hollow and it is thought that the fire burned its way through the middle.

“No one knew until it came up at the top,” Wright said. “It’s hard to reach the inside of a 118-foot tree. At one point, it began to collapse on top of us and we had to pull back and try again.”

The Senator is a historic landmark and believed to be one of the oldest in trees in the world.

The tree was donated to Seminole County by Sen. M.O. Overstreet in 1927 and was dedicated by Calvin Coolidge as a national historic landmark two years later.

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First Daughters Give White House Christmas Tree 'Thumbs Up'

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The official White House Christmas tree – an 18.5 foot Douglas-fir – arrived at the White House Friday by horse-drawn carriage.
At a brief ceremony in front of the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia, received the tree from Crystal Spring Tree Farm of Leighton, Pennsylvania.

A band played “My Christmas Tree” when Mrs. Obama and the girls walked out.

“So what do you think?  You giving the thumbs up,” Mrs. Obama asked her daughters after a close inspection.  The girls signaled to their mom that the tree had their approval.  The first lady then announced, “We’ll take it.”

The tree will be decorated and put up in the Blue Room of the White House.  This is the second time the farm was chosen to provide the official White House tree.  The Bush family took a tree from Crystal Spring Tree Farm back in 2006.

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