ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Fire investigators in Maryland are scheduled to hold controlled burns of Christmas trees as part of a continuing investigation into a mansion fire that killed six people near Annapolis.
The burns on three trees will be done Thursday at a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives laboratory in Beltsville.
Investigators say the January blaze started as an electrical fire that spread to a 15-foot Christmas tree.
Special Agent Dave Cheplak, a spokesman for the ATF, says the burns are being done to gain a better understanding of how much heat a tree of that size can generate. He says the results will end up in a report in a matter of weeks or months.
The Jan. 19 fire killed Don and Sandra Pyle and four grandchildren.