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Hollow tree in Stanley Park catches fire

It remains unclear what caused a stubborn fire inside Stanley Park's famous hollow tree on Thursday night.

Firefighters say they they had to put out the suspicous fire twice on Thursday night

The hollow tree in Vancouver's Stanley Park caught fire on Thursday night. (Steve Lus/CBC)

It remains unclear what caused a stubborn fire inside Stanley Park's famous hollow tree on Thursday night, but firefighters say it appears suspicious.

The tree, which has a been a popular Vancouver tourist attraction for about 100 years, first caught fire around 10:45 p.m. PT Thursday.

Several hours later it sparked up again and firefighters returned around 3 a.m. to put it out.

In 2008 the Park Board voted to cut the 700-year-old cedar stump down, and lay it on its side, after it became a safety hazard.

But a group of citizens raised several hundred thousand dollars to stabilize the tree by creating 'artificial roots' from concrete and steel.

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      With files from Steve Lus

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