Associated Press

DUBLIN, OHIO: Authorities say a sycamore tree that’s looked over a central Ohio stream for nearly 300 years will have to come down after a lightning strike set it on fire.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the tree in a Dublin park was hit March 18, when Washington Township firefighters received a call that it was “smoking.”

The tree has a base about 8-feet in diameter, and firefighters found it hollow with a fire inside. It smoldered for days, reaching 1,100 degrees, and limbs began to snap.

A Dublin parks official says the tree has been cordoned off and a portion of a nearby walking trail is closed. It will likely be removed Wednesday.