Christmas Tree Caused Tragic Annapolis Mansion Fire

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I thought that the story of the Annapolis mansion fire that killed six people — two grandparents and their six grandkids, ages 6 to 8 — couldn’t get any sadder. But now that officials think they know what caused the blaze, the story seems even more tragic.

The ATF concluded this week that the fire started in the 16,000 square foot mansion’s living room, and was most likely caused by an electrical fire that ignited the family’s 15-foot Christmas tree. Despite its size, the house apparently did not have sprinkler systems installed.

In response to the news, the surviving family members issued a statement: “While the explanation that has been shared with us today does not bring solace, it does start us down the long road to acceptance,” they wrote.



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