Firefighters Battle Blaze at College Park Apartment Building

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — More than 200 firefighters battled a blaze in a six-story building of apartments under construction near the University of Maryland.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady tweeted that the fire broke out Monday morning on the fifth floor of 4700 Berwyn House Road in College Park.

Sixty-five senior citizen residents of the nearby Spellman House were relocated to a community center on Lakeland Road.

President Wallace D. Loh announced the University of Maryland, College Park, would close at 1 p.m. due to the poor air quality on campus.

In a media briefing, Fire Chief Ben Barksdale said the fire was difficult to contain because the building is “still under construction…the fire suppression system isn’t fully operational.”

He suggested nearby residents “close their windows” and “turn off their HVAC so it doesn’t draw the smoke in,” and “they should be OK.”

Brady tweeted that it was “one of, if not the, largest fire suppression efforts in County history.”

See photos and video from the scene below.

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