Meth-smoking woman burned down the world’s 5th oldest tree
A 3,500 year old tree has burned down “from the inside out” after a woman clambered on top of it to smoke meth.
At 125 feet tall, The Senator – a bald cypress in the Seminole County, Florida – was the 5th oldest tree in the world.
The cypress tree went up in flames and collapsed on 16 January as firefighters were unable to salvage the damage.
Its loss was first thought to be the work of an arsonist or lightning, but soon investigators discovered evidence that would incriminate 26-year old Sarah Barnes.
Barnes is said to have climbed the tree with a friend to accommodate their meth use. “Since it was dark, Barnes allegedly lit a fire so she could see,” the AJC reported.
Pictures were taken during the fire and were spread by Barnes. ”I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus,” people recounted her saying.
Residents are mourning the loss of a great tree that had survived meteorological events for the past three and a half millennia.
Talking to WFTV one resident said: “That’s sad. A tree that is so historic is gone because someone is being careless.”