The Washington Post

Silver Spring investigators comb scene of National Children’s Center school fire

Authorities are investigating an early Wednesday morning fire at a Silver Spring building that houses a school and a Masonic lodge.

Fire officials are combing a two-story building on University Avenue for clues that could help them understand what started the 4:30 a.m. blaze. The 100 foot by 200 foot, two-story commercial building is home to a Masonic lodge and the National Children’s Center, a school for people with developmental disabilities.

Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, said authorities did not find any immediate cause for suspicion, but arson has not been ruled out as a cause of the fire. The fire was on the second floor of the building, he said.

Fire fighters got the blaze under control within 20 minutes, Piringer said.

A fire alarm alerted authorities, he said.

Officials on Wednesday morning closed parts of University Boulevard and Dennis Avenue because of the fire. Authorities later opened most of the lanes to traffic.

Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.