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The Senator

One Of World's Oldest Cypress Trees, 'The Senator,' Burns In Florida

Investigators are now saying arson was not the likely cause of a fire that on Monday destroyed a cypress tree in Central Florida that was an estimated 3,500 years old - making it perhaps the oldest such tree in the nation and one of the oldest in the world.
Known as "The Senator," the tree that once stood 165 feet tall (before a hurricane lopped off about 45 feet in 1925) was more likely brought down by a fire that had been smouldering inside it - without being detected - since a lightning strike about a week ago, investigators say.

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