Well... IMO it's a bit of a stretch to say, categorically, "false". The two trees are very closely related. The fruit tree is Prunus avium. The North American timber tree is Prunus serotina, and it does bear edible cherry-like fruit, although it's much more commonly consumed by birds than by humans.
Depends on the conditions it's exposed to as well. One of my woodworking books has a dramatic photo of the aftermath of a major building fire, showing steel I-beams softened to the point of failure by the heat of the fire -- bent in parabolas, draped over and hanging from a heavily charred but still intact wooden beam.
-- Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?