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Historic "tree in the middle of the road" catches fire

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - We have an update for you on the historical "tree in the middle of the road."

It's located on Greencastle Road in northern Vigo County.

We first told you it was saved -- after a battle with rotting limbs. On Saturday, it was faced with a different challenge.

We are learning that the tree was possibly intentionally set on fire.

Vigo County Commissioner Brendan Kearns says this happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

On Monday, the Vigo County Highway Department inspected the damage. They say the tree looks to be salvageable.  

Kearns believes the tree will stand tall for years to come.

"Our tree in the middle of Greencastle Road has experienced many challenges lately, and I hope that this is just another unfortunate setback and that this tree will be here for many, many years to come," Vigo County Commissioner Brendan Kearns said. 

The investigation is still ongoing.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Vigo County Sheriff's Office. 

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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