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ATF: Human involvement was factor in fire on ‘The Block’

Human involvement was a factor in the Dec. 6 five-alarm fire that engulfed part of Baltimore’s adult entertainment district, federal investigators said Wednesday.

But the finding of an “incendiary” cause to the blaze does not mean it was intentionally set, said Sheree Mixell, assistant special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“Without confusing the public, this classification, at the present time, does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a crime of arson,” she said.

Mixell said that 90 agents have been working on the investigation, in conjunction with Baltimore’s fire and police departments. The conclusion Mixell detailed in an afternoon press conference at the Federal Executive Board building in Hopkins Plaza was made after conducting 60 interviews.

A $5,000 reward has been offered to anyone who can provide information that directly leads to the resolution into the investigation.

“We are still working diligently to gain a more definitive answer,” Mixell said.