Chief: Fire near univer­sity among largest in county his­tory

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Fire officials say a mas­sive fire at a building un­der con­struc­tion near the Univer­sity of Mary­land is still burn­ing more than six hours af­ter it started.

Mon­day’s fire prompted officials at the univer­sity’s flag­ship Col­lege Park cam­pus to end classes early.

Prince Ge­orge’s County Fire Chief Ben Barks­dale says one fire­fighter was taken to a hospital to be treated for “overex­er­tion.”

Barks­dale says the fire-sup­pres­sion ef­fort is one of the largest in the county’s his­tory, if not the largest. More than 150 fire­fight­ers were sent to the scene.

Barks­dale says the depart­ment has poured thou­sands of gal­lons of wa­ter onto the six-story building, which was to in­clude both hous­ing and re­tail. Crews expected to re­main on the scene into Mon­day evening

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Fire­fight­ers from sev­eral ju­ris­dic­tions bat­tled a fivealarm fire at the Fuse 47 apart­ment and com­mer­cial building in Col­lege Park which was un­der con­struc­tion on Mon­day.

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