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A 96-Foot Christmas Tree Has Burned To The Ground In California

Christmas is canceled.

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Fire officials were called to the burning tree in Costa Mesa's Westin South Coast Plaza around 6:30 a.m. local time.

Smoke showing from City Hall. Reported Christmas tree fire. #BREAKING

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David Songer was staying in the nearby Westin hotel and told BuzzFeed News he woke up at 6:30 a.m. to see a flickering light outside his window.

"The thing that caught my attention was that that half of my room was much warmer," he said.

"No announcement was made in the hotel, but I was a bit nervous so I started to collect my stuff, but the fire stayed totally contained to the tree."

Fire officials told the Orange County Register the blaze took about 30 minutes to extinguish, with no injuries reported.

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According to the newspaper, the tree was worth $120,000 and was covered in some 200,000 colored lights. It was placed in the hotel plaza in October.

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After the blaze was put out, the local fire department posted this exceptionally sad photo on their Twitter page.

UPDATE: Christmas tree fire aftermath.

Debra Gunn Downing, a spokesperson for the South Coast Plaza, told BuzzFeed News in a statement:

We are thankful that the flames were quickly doused and that no one was hurt at Town Center Park. We're waiting for the results of the fire department's investigation into the cause of the fire. At the same time, we are working to have a new tree in place by the end of week.

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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