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DC firefighters investigating cause of fires at vacant RFK stadium

DC Fire and EMS Chief John Donnelley two fires were quickly brought under control.

WASHINGTON — Firefighters in D.C. are investigating what caused two fires at RFK Stadium on Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to the stadium at around 5:20 p.m. for a report of smoke showing in the vicinity of the stadium's C gate. D.C. Fire and EMS crews discovered several fires in "below grade levels" in the stadium, the fire department said in a tweet. No injuries were reported.

About an hour after arriving on scene, DC Fire and EMS Chief John A. Donnelly, Sr. reported that fires were extinguished and the situation was under control. Donnelly said at least two fires were found when firefighters arrived.

Investigators were working to figure out the cause of the fires and discover exactly what was burning, according to Chief Donnelly. The chief said it was too early to determine the nature of the fire.

Donnelly said the fires were discovered on the basement level. Smoke was seen from above the stadium because of how open the stadium is.

"It's a pretty open-air stadium. Where the fire was, it's open all the way, so that's what's going to happen," Donnelley said at a press conference Tuesday. Donnelley clarified that the stadium itself was not on fire at any point.

"It was piles of trash," he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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