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Electrical failure and Christmas tree caused mansion fire that took 6 lives

(Glenn A. Miller / AP)

The tree, which had been cut two months earlier, was still up when an inferno gutted the Maryland home.

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    Your evening commute may get icy, especially north and west of Beltway

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    Major delays on I-66 West following vehicle fire

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    O’Malley headed back to New Hampshire, South Carolina

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    6-year-old sledding in driveway in critical condition after hitting car

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    Man robbed Hyattsville bank while holding cellphone

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    Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

    Legislative Black Caucus criticizes Hogan’s education plan

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    Two week outlook: Above normal chance of snow in the next week

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    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call

    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call

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    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call: ‘The whole house is engulfed’

    Annapolis mansion fire 911 call: ‘The whole house is engulfed’

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    Super Bowl Sunday winter storm potential is legitimate - but not a lock

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    After a wet December, Northern California likely to see driest January on record

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    Major delays on I-66 West following vehicle fire

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    Local Columns

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    John Kelly

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    Petula Dvorak

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    Petula Dvorak

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