One of world’s tallest treehouses destroyed by fire in minutes in Tennessee

The Minister's Treehouse in Crossville, Tenn., July 14, 2012. (Photo: Michael B. Hicks/Getty Images)

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — One of the tallest treehouses in the world has burned down in Tennessee.

News outlets report the 97-foot tall, 10-story treehouse caught fire and quickly burned down Tuesday night in Crossville. No injuries were reported.

Cumberland County Fire/Rescue officials said 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.

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