Massive Fire Breaks Out In College Park Near UMD

A 3-alarm fire has broken out in College Park, Maryland near the University of Maryland. Firefighters are on the scene to battle the blaze.
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UPDATE 1:00 P.M. – The University of Maryland is closing school due to poor air quality resulting from the nearby fire.
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What Happened?

Crews are responding to a three-alarm fire at a building in College Park, Md., said fire officials. The fire is reported in the 4700 block of Berwyn House Road. Fire officials say the building is under construction. Smoke was seen pouring from the fifth floor. Streets around the area have been blocked to traffic as emergency crews are responding.
One side of the building has been ordered to evacuate.


“This building is under construction so it doesn’t have an alarm or sprinkler system hooked up yet,” department spokesman Mark Brady said. “This fire was way ahead of us upon our arrival.”
Brady said a sprinkler system may have been installed at the time, but that it wasn’t functional, adding, “That’s one of the last things to be made functional [in construction].” Brady estimated between 120 and 130 firefighters are working to contain the fire. The Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard and Prince George’s County fire departments all sent units.
The fire broke out at a six-story, 275-unit apartment building, Fuse 47 apartments.
There are no reports of injuries at this time.


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University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, approximately 4 miles from the northeast border of Washington, D.C. The school has a total enrollment of 38,140.
UMD was established in 1856. Wallace Loh is the current university president.
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