Emergency staff responded to a number of fires reported at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. There have been no accidents reported. DC Fireplace and EMS had been alerted a couple of fireplace on the multi-purpose stadium, which was the previous residence of Washington’s NFL workforce and MLS workforce DC United, at round 5:20 p.m. ET. It took items about half-hour to place it out, after which some extra time to filter the smoke.
The fireplace was formally declared below management after about an hour.
There have been no less than two fires happening on the identical time and the constructing seemed very smoky from the surface, however Fireplace and EMS Chief John A. Donnelly Sr. mentioned the incident was largely basement stage and never as critical because it may need appeared. He addressed the media within the car parking zone shortly after the state of affairs was below management.
“It was trickling up via the stadium out of various pathways. It is a fairly open-air stadium. The place the hearth was, it is opened all the best way up, so it is going to occur,” he mentioned when requested about all of the smoke. “Immediately with the warmth and humidity, the air is dense so it is onerous to maneuver smoke out of all of the completely different rooms which are within the basement.”
Donnelly mentioned there have been no individuals discovered within the constructing when the items arrived, and investigators are nonetheless trying on the scene to determine what precisely was burning. At this level, the reason for the incident continues to be unknown.