WASHINGTON - D.C. Subway Fire Prompts Evacuation

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Title: D.C. Subway Fire Prompts Evacuation

Story Filed: Thursday, April 20, 2000 7:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commute home from the District of Columbia was chaotic for many Thursday night as a fire in a tunnel between two subway stations led to the evacuation of a train and the two stations.

No serious injuries were reported as the two busy stations of Farragut West and Foggy Bottom were emptied at the height of rush hour. Service was interrupted at the two station, which are used by the blue and orange lines.

Traffic also was snarled on streets around the stations with emergency vehicles as firefighters dealt with the blaze and ambulances stood by to deal with any possible medical emergencies.

The fire was believed to have started in a switching station as a train neared the Foggy Bottom station, said Captain Brian Lee of the D.C. Fire Department. The train was stopped and people were led out of the tunnel after the fire was extinguished.

Some shuttle buses carried passengers from the two shut stations to the Rosslyn station in nearby Arlington, the closest station that carries the blue and orange lines. But commuters piled up there because of a shortage of buses to allow commuters to continue their rides home.



-- (Dee360Degree@aol.com), April 20, 2000


So, the fire started in switching equipment, 'eh?

Isn't that odd? Same origin for several fires in train stations around the world lately.

-- Uncle Fred (dogboy45@bigfoot.com), April 20, 2000.

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