(NaturalNews) A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) building that’s part of a facility specializing in genetic modification caught on fire Tuesday, September 6. Reports confirm that the blaze occurred one week after anonymous threats shut down USDA facilities in five states, including the agricultural research center in question, which is located in Beltsville, Maryland.
“Flames were shooting through the roof as firefighters arrived on scene and thick black smoke could be seen from miles away. Fire officials said they were alerted to what was first described as a shed fire by a call to 911 just before 10 a.m.,” reports Fox 5 News.
The timing caused some to speculate whether the fire was arson, possibly set by anti-GMO activists; however, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found no evidence to substantiate such claims.
Investigators found no evidence of criminal activity whatsoever, according to reports.
The damaged building is confirmed to house a number of workshops for the agriculturalresearch center, which conducts research in a number of controversial fields, including the genetic modification of crops, animals and insects. (Click to Article)