Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the blaze.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 25, 2019
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When you looked up, you felt like you were a kid again.

Such was the feeling for visitors to The Minister's Treehouse, a popular tourist attraction in Crossville, Tennesee. Sadly, what was known as the world's largest treehouse was destroyed by a fire on Tuesday evening. According to officials, the fire quickly burned the roughly 100-foot-high treehouse that spread out over seven trees to ash in a few minutes.

"Unless somebody comes up and tells us they seen somebody doing it, you'd probably never know what started it," Bobby Derossett, a spokesman for the Cumberland County Fire Department told ABC News, of the fire's unknown origin. Thankfully, nobody was injured by the fire.

Landscaper Horace Burgess began building the famous treehouse in the 1990s, who believed God called upon him to make the impressive structure. "Then I turned my life over to God," Burgess told Roadside America of his decision to pick up the project a few years after he started building and complete the treehouse."And the spirit of God said, 'If you build Me a treehouse, I'll never let you run out of material.'" While the treehouse was formally closed to visitors to walk its staircases back in 2012 for not adhering to building codes, the giant treehouse was still a marvel to behold. Before the treehouse was closed, church services were even hosted in the unique venue.

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Did you ever have a chance to visit this tourist attraction in Crossville? What was your experience like at the sprawling treehouse?

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