Christmas Tree Goes up in Flames Outside Costa Mesa, California Hotel

December 14, 2015 Updated: December 14, 2015
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COSTA MESA, Calif.  — Fire tore through a 96-foot-tall Christmas tree outside a Southern California hotel, sending a bright chute of flames and then smoke into the air.

A giant Christmas tree is engulfed in flames outside the the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The fire destroyed the 96-foot-tall Christmas tree. The cause is under investigation. (David Songer via AP)
A giant Christmas tree is engulfed in flames outside the the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The fire destroyed the 96-foot-tall Christmas tree. The cause is under investigation. (David Songer via AP)

The tree outside the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa was destroyed early Monday. Photos showed just its burned-out shell still standing at the hotel near a popular shopping center.

A photo provided by David Songer shows a giant Christmas tree on fire outside the the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The fire destroyed the 96-foot-tall Christmas tree. The cause is under investigation. (David Songer via AP)
A photo provided by David Songer shows a giant Christmas tree on fire outside the the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. The fire destroyed the 96-foot-tall Christmas tree. The cause is under investigation. (David Songer via AP)

Fire Capt. Chris Coates says the fire was extinguished shortly before 7 a.m. and that there were no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/1I4dAMd ) reported that officials asked hotel security to provide area surveillance video.