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Wannabe model nabbed after bragging to pals, ‘I burned down a tree older than Jesus’
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Florida cops have busted a 26-year-old meth head they believe set a  massive brush fire that burned down one of the oldest trees in the  United States last month, according to local reports.
Sara Barnes,  26, of Winter Park, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with setting  the blaze that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress, known as “The  Senator,” at Big Tree Park in Longwood, north of Orlando, last month,  the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Barnes told police that she regularly hid out in the park to get high,  and on Jan. 16, a fire she lit so she could see better got out of  control and caught the 125-foot state treasure.
A local reported the fire at around 5:45 a.m., and more than a dozen  firefighters responded to the scene, weaving more than 800 feet of hose  through nearly a mile of the forest’s dense brush.
The hollow tree burned for more than three hours from inside out, creating a chimney effect, before collapsing.
Just 25 feet of charred bark remained standing.
Authorities said Barnes told some pals about the fire, and a tipster eventually alerted police, the Sentinel reported.
During a raid on her apartment on Tuesday, authorities found  methamphetamine, a glass pipe and other drug paraphernalia, as well as  pictures of the tree fire on Barnes’ laptop and cellphone.
One source told local station WFTV that Barnes had showed the pics to pals and bragged, “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus.”
The Senator was the oldest Pond Bald Cypress in the United States, and the fifth-oldest tree on the planet.
Also known as simply “The Big Tree,” it was named for state lawmaker M.O. Overstreet, who donated the tree and its surrounding land to Seminole County in 1927.
Locals said they were devastated that such an important state landmark had gone up in smoke.
"I heard about that and I was horrified," Thomas Settle told WESH-TV. “That’s a big part of Florida’s culture. I visited that park when I was a little kid and saw that tree.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-police-arrest-woman-arson-fire-destroyed-3-500-year-old-tree-senator-article-1.1030373#ixzz1ntC8IaLj

Florida police arrest woman in arson fire that destroyed 3,500-year-old tree, known as ‘The Senator’ 

Wannabe model nabbed after bragging to pals, ‘I burned down a tree older than Jesus’

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Florida cops have busted a 26-year-old meth head they believe set a massive brush fire that burned down one of the oldest trees in the United States last month, according to local reports.

Sara Barnes, 26, of Winter Park, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with setting the blaze that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress, known as “The Senator,” at Big Tree Park in Longwood, north of Orlando, last month, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Barnes told police that she regularly hid out in the park to get high, and on Jan. 16, a fire she lit so she could see better got out of control and caught the 125-foot state treasure.

A local reported the fire at around 5:45 a.m., and more than a dozen firefighters responded to the scene, weaving more than 800 feet of hose through nearly a mile of the forest’s dense brush.

The hollow tree burned for more than three hours from inside out, creating a chimney effect, before collapsing.

Just 25 feet of charred bark remained standing.

Authorities said Barnes told some pals about the fire, and a tipster eventually alerted police, the Sentinel reported.

During a raid on her apartment on Tuesday, authorities found methamphetamine, a glass pipe and other drug paraphernalia, as well as pictures of the tree fire on Barnes’ laptop and cellphone.

One source told local station WFTV that Barnes had showed the pics to pals and bragged, “I can’t believe I burned down a tree older than Jesus.”

The Senator was the oldest Pond Bald Cypress in the United States, and the fifth-oldest tree on the planet.

Also known as simply “The Big Tree,” it was named for state lawmaker M.O. Overstreet, who donated the tree and its surrounding land to Seminole County in 1927.

Locals said they were devastated that such an important state landmark had gone up in smoke.

"I heard about that and I was horrified," Thomas Settle told WESH-TV. “That’s a big part of Florida’s culture. I visited that park when I was a little kid and saw that tree.”


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-police-arrest-woman-arson-fire-destroyed-3-500-year-old-tree-senator-article-1.1030373#ixzz1ntC8IaLj
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  3. annilylf reblogged this from catbountry and added:
    Fucking disgusting methheads. :/
  4. emlikesthis reblogged this from countvonroo and added:
    Wow I kind of really hate this woman.
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  8. longdragon92 reblogged this from pavender and added:
    This pisses me off so fricken much, I can’t even tell you >:(
  9. tinuni said: They originally said that this fire was caused by a lightning strike. It was so high up originally that it sounded legitimate…. I don’t know if this is true.
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  11. uncleshortbus reblogged this from catbountry and added:
    Goddamn meth heads. First they sneak into the adult hog pen and get but to hell and try to get the police on us, then...
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    :(
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  17. pavender reblogged this from surfdog2000 and added:
    NOOOOOOOOOOOO, NOT THE SENATOR! ;A; /sobbing
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  20. amcraviotospeaks reblogged this from catbountry and added:
    That’s horrible but her comment is hilarious.
  21. pandoraslittleblackbox reblogged this from catbountry and added:
    I’m still kinda dumbstruck over how people flipped out over a tree I guess it makes sense considering But it’s still...
  22. dogsmooch reblogged this from surfdog2000 and added:
    Welcome to Florida. I fucking hate my state, it’s filled with assholes, rednecks, uber-conservative second/third gen...
  23. ilovejeopardy reblogged this from sexbathorrorvampiresex and added:
    Why do people hate trees :(
  24. sexbathorrorvampiresex reblogged this from catbountry and added:
    Oh, Florida.
  25. fluffballs-and-scales reblogged this from catbountry and added:
    I’m so angry I can’t even articulate it.
  26. catbountry reblogged this from diarrheaworldstarhiphop and added:
    Moral of the story: don’t fucking do meth ever.
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  29. leelandlovesyou reblogged this from diarrheaworldstarhiphop and added:
    NOOOOOOOOOO ;____;
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    Don’t do (hard) drugs, kids
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    I want to fucking cry holy shit WOW
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    Wow, what a shithead
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