CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the tallest treehouses in the world has burned down in Tennessee.
News outlets report the 97-foot (29.5-meter) tall, 10-story treehouse caught fire and quickly burned down Tuesday night in Crossville. No injuries were reported.
Cumberland County Fire/Rescue officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.
The treehouse was built by Horace Burgess, an architect-turned-minister. He told news outlets that God commanded him to build the sprawling treehouse as a means of ministry.
It took him about 19 years to build it with salvaged woods scraps and recycled metal. The structure spanned across several trees and was a tourist destination until the fire marshal deemed it a public safety hazard.
News outlets say the treehouse has been vacant since 2012 and was frequented by vandals.