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mlyonsd
01-16-2012, 09:35 AM
One of the world's oldest cypress trees -- estimated to be 3,500 years old -- collapsed early Monday after catching fire in Seminole County, Fla.

The 119-foot-tall bald cypress -- known as "The Senator" -- reportedly went up in flames after a nearby brush fire spread to Big Tree Park in Longwood, Fox affiliate WOFL-TV reports.

Fire crews responded to the scene early Monday morning and deployed hundreds of feet of hose to battle the flames, according to the station.

The Seminole County Fire Rescue team said the crew had to pull back from the fire at around 7:45 a.m. after a 20-foot section of the tree, including several branches, fell off.

Fire officials reportedly said the tree collapsed after burning from the inside out.

"It started with a brush fire," Seminole County Fire Rescue spokesman Steve Wright told the Orlando Sentinel. "The Senator was in the way. It was a casualty of the brush fire."

The historic tree stood at 165 feet before a hurricane destroyed its top in 1925.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/16/3500-year-old-cypress-tree-collapses-after-catching-fire-in-florida/?intcmp=features (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/16/3500-year-old-cypress-tree-collapses-after-catching-fire-in-florida/?intcmp=features)

A 3500 year old tree is crazy if you think about it.

Dartgod
01-16-2012, 09:36 AM
AIDS tree

/first in

Toadkiller
01-16-2012, 09:36 AM
What sucks is they say it was arson now.

-King-
01-16-2012, 09:38 AM
Did it make a sound?

kysirsoze
01-16-2012, 09:38 AM
What sucks is they say it was arson now.

Not surprised. It just takes one piece of shit to ruin something for everyone. Look at Toomer's Corner.

Setsuna
01-16-2012, 09:41 AM
Seminole County? That is racist. Change it now!

Radar Chief
01-16-2012, 09:43 AM
:deevee:

http://i43.tinypic.com/287p0nm.jpg

notorious
01-16-2012, 09:46 AM
And to think, that tree was here when Timothy T3bow was born onto Bethlehem.

Dave Lane
01-16-2012, 09:58 AM
Filter avoidance! Reported!!


:)

notorious
01-16-2012, 10:00 AM
Filter avoidance! Reported!!


:)


Just don't let anyone start a poll about me. ;)

Reerun_KC
01-16-2012, 10:02 AM
What sucks is they say it was arson now.

Hope so..

I hope is was some shit bag who smokes.

Reerun_KC
01-16-2012, 10:02 AM
:deevee:Filter avoidance! Reported!!


:)

SNR
01-16-2012, 10:20 AM
Just because it hasn't been posted in awhile...

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Reerun_KC
01-16-2012, 10:24 AM
awesome.

evolve27
01-16-2012, 10:34 AM
This thread is worthless without pics

Discuss Thrower
01-16-2012, 10:53 AM
Bill Muir remembers fondly when that tree was just a sapling.

Mr. Laz
01-16-2012, 10:54 AM
worthless dam trees are always getting the way ... burn them all down.

Demonpenz
01-16-2012, 10:55 AM
Patrick Ewing will be missed.

Cornstock
01-16-2012, 10:59 AM
If they try to slap somebody with arson, as if that weren't enough, most states have a law on the books that is something like "destroying a venerated icon" which can also be a felony.

Most costly cigarette of someone's life.

Chief Roundup
01-16-2012, 12:03 PM
No not "home tree"

Count Zarth
01-16-2012, 12:04 PM
Tooge's neighbor is on a rampage

Okie_Apparition
01-16-2012, 12:05 PM
If things didn't die
there would be no reproduction practices
& nobody but old married women want that

Frazod
01-16-2012, 12:09 PM
Well, I guess the tree had 3,415 relatively good years.

kysirsoze
01-16-2012, 12:17 PM
Well, I guess the tree had 3,415 relatively good years.

LOL. Mod abuse or did you request the change?

Frazod
01-16-2012, 01:16 PM
LOL. Mod abuse or did you request the change?

Mod abuse. But I kind of like it. :D

Bwana
01-16-2012, 01:32 PM
Just because it hasn't been posted in awhile...

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LMAO

I have never seen anything quite like that.

BigRedChief
01-16-2012, 03:00 PM
What sucks is they say it was arson now.you can assume that in 3,500 years that there has been a few brush fires that the "Senator" has had to deal with.

Phobia
01-16-2012, 03:04 PM
Mod abuse. But I kind of like it. :D

It is hilarious. I wish I had thought of it.

Mr. Flopnuts
01-16-2012, 03:09 PM
Mod abuse. But I kind of like it. :D

in fairness, we got your latest nemesis as well. Not one of my best, but good enough until someone figures out something better.

Frazod
01-16-2012, 03:14 PM
in fairness, we got your latest nemesis as well. Not one of my best, but good enough until someone figures out something better.

How about "Ex-Wife"?

Never forgets anything fucked up you ever did, and holds it against you for the rest of your life. :D

Mr. Flopnuts
01-16-2012, 04:00 PM
How about "Ex-Wife"?

Never forgets anything fucked up you ever did, and holds it against you for the rest of your life. :D

Didn't he pick yours? I have no problem with you picking his. Fair is fair and all. It's a board staple these days.

Frazod
01-16-2012, 04:25 PM
Didn't he pick yours? I have no problem with you picking his. Fair is fair and all. It's a board staple these days.

As always, I leave these decisions in your twisted yet capable hands. :)

evolve27
01-16-2012, 04:26 PM
Just because it hasn't been posted in awhile...

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holy shit, LMAO :LOL:

Mr. Flopnuts
01-16-2012, 04:28 PM
As always, I leave these decisions in your twisted yet capable hands. :)

check him out!

ForeverChiefs58
01-17-2012, 07:47 AM
Worthless without pics?

http://blog.movetolakemary.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/44/files/2011/05/Big-Tree-Park-The-Senator-Information.jpg

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/keanradio.com/files/2012/01/senator-tree-plaque-630x472.jpg
http://www.baynews9.com/static/articles/images/news2011/senator-big-tree-park-base-0110.jpg
http://southernmemoriesandupdates.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/TheSenatorPrez1.jpg
http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2012/01/the-senator.jpg
http://arbormax.com/images/the_senator.jpg
http://www.cfnews13.com/static/articles/images/news2011/senator-big-tree-park-fire-center-0116.jpg
http://www.whatsonsanya.com/news_images/81396d72e91c7401d2faa1f3_The-Senator_5.jpg

Another historical tree right by it that wasn't harmed in the fire

http://blog.movetolakemary.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/44/files/2011/05/Big-Tree-Park-Longwood-Florida-Lady-Liberty.jpg

Bwana
01-17-2012, 01:23 PM
Just because it hasn't been posted in awhile...

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A tree replies to the tree huggers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIULIJxVr7A&feature=related

ForeverChiefs58
02-28-2012, 09:00 PM
There has got to be a joke about her dying from a flaming AIDS tree somewhere


Police Make Arrest In 'The Senator' Fire
3,500-Year-Old Tree Burned Down In January

http://www.wesh.com/2012/0228/30562203_480X360.jpg

LONGWOOD, Fla. -- The Division of Forestry said Tuesday that an arrest has been made in the case of a fire allegedly set inside a 3,500-year-old bald cypress known as "The Senator."

Sara Barnes, 26, said she regularly went to the site in Big Tree Park to use drugs and lit a fire the night of the blaze in January so that she could see, but the fire got out of control, according to authorities.

Firefighters had a difficult time getting to the tree. Crews ran almost a mile of hose to get to the Senator.

The fire traveled through the hollow tree base, burning the 125-foot-tall tree from the inside out. The fire weakened it so much that it collapsed, Forestry officials said.

Officials said they found images of the fire igniting on Barnes' laptop and cellphone.

Florida Department of Agriculture Lt. Thomas Raulerson said Barnes had also told some people that she had set the fire inside the tree, and as tips poured in, the story came together.

A neighbor of Barnes said she also torched a lot of memories for a lot of people.

"I heard about that and I was horrified," said neighbor Thomas Settle. "That's a big part of Florida's culture. I visited that park when I was a little kid and saw that tree."

Barnes also has a Facebook page, which has been overrun with angry messages.

"I hope you get some 'Jail House Justice' in Seminole County Jail," one man wrote.

Another posted, "Burn in hell, you horror of a human."

About The Senator:

The Pond Bald Cypress was the oldest tree of its kind in the world.

The Senator was named for Senator M.O. Overstreet. Overstreet donated the land where the tree stood to Seminole County in 1927.

In 1929, former President Calvin Coolidge dedicated the tree on a visit with a commemorative bronze plaque.

Some people said they believe the Senator is still alive, saying they've spotted saplings at its base.

Officials also said that the tree was cloned at one point, and they are searching to bring the clones back.

http://www.wesh.com/2012/0116/30221394_640X480.jpg

Mr_Tomahawk
02-28-2012, 09:02 PM
Roll Damn Tide.


Wait...

Rain Man
02-28-2012, 09:15 PM
What a loser.