University of Maryland Statue Catches Fire

University of Maryland police say finals-week offerings left around a statue of the school’s mascot, Testudo, caught fire overnight, but the bronze terrapin is unharmed, reports The Associated Press (

Officers were called to the statue in front McKeldin Library early Wednesday and found notes and books had burned.

The fire was out before officers arrived, but images posted on social media showed flames billowing around the statue perched on a pedestal, which overlooks the campus mall.

Police said Wednesday evening that the fire was accidental, caused when a lampshade was placed over a lighted candle.

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