ATF on USDA Fire: ‘No Indication of Criminal Activity’ At This Time

BELTSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)–Part of a United States Department of Agriculture Building is torched after a 2-alarm fire brought an entire structure to the ground this morning in Beltsville.

“This fire was huge once we arrived on scene,” said Mark Brady, a spokesperson with the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department.

The fire broke out just before 10:00 Tuesday morning in a series of sheds known as “workshops” to employees.

Chopper video shows flames blowing out of control due to heavy wind and a lack of water supply for Prince George’s County crews.

Officials say the sheds had flammable products and several vehicles inside, making it even more difficult for crews to fight the flames.

Hours after the fire was contained, smoke continued to linger and so did the questions of how it all started.

Just last week, the building along with others across the country, were closed due to threats made to several employees.

“Our investigators are aware of the threats, those comments will be taken into consideration with the entire investigation but this is the ATF jurisdiction, and right now that’s the sole reason why we’re out here.”

Late Tuesday, ATF officials told WJZ’s Rick Ritter that there’s no indication of any criminal activity.

No one was injured during the fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

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