An approximately 50-foot tall pine tree on the west edge of the Evergreen Lane property bit the dust on Sept. 11.

During an overnight storm that rolled through Nevada, it appears a lightning strike started the tree on fire. "There’s no evidence of anything else (having caused it)," said Nevada Fire Chief Dana Wipperman. He said the storm had passed through town about an hour before the first fire call came in about the tree, which was at 2:20 a.m.

Firefighters responded at 2:26 a.m. and were on the scene nearly two hours, Wipperman said. At 6:30, they were called back to the scene when the fire flared up again.

"The tree was rotten from the inside out and had been for many years," Wipperman said. He said that both times that firefighters were called out, there was active flame on the inside of the tree. The second call kept firefighters on scene another two hours.

Kris Corbin of the Nevada Historical Society told firefighters during the second call that it was O.K. to cut the tree down, Wipperman said. Lawn Pro came to the scene to do that. "We finally extinguished the fire after the tree was cut down and the trunk cut a couple other times," Wipperman said.

Wipperman wasn’t aware of any other problems caused by the strong storm in Nevada. The storm dropped much needed rain in the area, with the KCCI-TV School Net site in Nevada recording .29 inches of rain for the day.