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Historic College Park fire likely accidental, investigators say

April 27th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The massive five-alarm fire that drew hundreds of firefighters to a construction site in College Park, Maryland, earlier this week may soon be ruled accidental, a fire official confirmed Thursday. “Fire investigators conducted numerous interviews with construction workers that were in the area where the fire started,” said Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady. “That has led them to believe that the cause is going to be accidental.” However, the investigation is ongoing, and Brady said at this point he cannot release details regarding what witnesses heard or saw. “We can’t be more specific until fire investigators have an opportunity to get into the area of origin,” Brady said.


More than 200 firefighters and medics responded Monday to the Fuse 47 apartment building, at 4700 Berwyn House Rd., which had been under construction.


The subsequent investigation has been hampered by a scene that remains hot, dangerous and unstable. Fire crews are still needed there to douse the building with water.

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