Tennessee: World’s Largest Treehouse Burns Down

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The “Minister’s Treehouse” which is known as the largest ever constructed in the world has sadly burned down.

Located in Crossville, Tennessee, The Minister’s Treehouse was built over the course of more than a decade by a local minister named Horace Burgess. He began building it in 1993 after a prayer session in which he says God told him “If you build a treehouse, I will see that you never run out of materials.”

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Minister Horace Burgess spent 11 years, starting in 1993, building this treehouse by himself without any plans after he claimed he saw the treehouse in a vision from God. The treehouse stands roughly 100 feet tall, expands across 7 huge oak trees for support, and he guesses it to be around 10,000 square feet, giving it the unofficial reputation as the worlds largest treehouse. Unfortunately, a Fire Marshal closed it down in 2012 #ministerstreehouse #horaceburgesstreehouse #crossvilletn #urbex #urbexphotography #naturephotography #landscapephotography #abandoned #abandonedplaces #alexisbutlerphotography #photography #photographer #knoxvilletnphotographer #homesweettn #thetennesseelife #onlyintennessee #onlytennisee #southernstatescollective #jj_tennessee #865life #instagramtennessee #exploretn #naturaltennessee #hdrphotography #worldslargesttreehouse #tennessee #eastcoastcreatives #southeastern_explorers #tricitiestn #tristaradventures

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The massive, 10-story-treehouse stood more than 100-feet tall and was supported by seven large trees. It was a very popular tourist attraction for years among travelers to the area.

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In 2012, the local Fire Chief declared the building a fire hazard and it was closed to tourists. A structure composed of only wood would truly suffer devastating effects if a fire were to break out.

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A very inviting locale from my trip.

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And, sadly, that’s exactly what happened…

A video shared by local publication The Crossville Chronicle, explains that a fire had consumed the entire treehouse on Tuesday (October 22nd). The fire broke out around 10:30 pm local time, and quickly took the treehouse with it.

And just like that, it was gone. Fire consumed the Minister’s Treehouse Tuesday, burning to the ground in minutes. The fire was reported shortly before 10:30 p.m. Firefighters on the scene said the entire structure collapsed within minutes of their arrival.

Posted by Crossville Chronicle on Tuesday, October 22, 2019