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Smoldering Metro Track Tie Causes Delays

Alexandria Fire Department responds to track issue just north of Braddock Road Metro station.

Update — The Alexandria Fire Department extinguished the rail bed fires shortly before midnight. One engine remained on the scene until Metro arrived with water to saturate the area.

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The Alexandria Fire Department assisted the Metro Transit Police in cooling off a smoldering Metrorail track tie just north of Braddock Road Metro station on Friday night.

A spokesperson with the Alexandria Fire Department told Patch two engines responded to the issue. Firefighters experienced trouble reaching the scene of the blaze because of the fence around the tracks.

Metro was planning on sending a train through to pour some water on the smoldering tie, the spokesperson said.

The fire appeared to be affecting the west side of the tracks. Alexandria Fire Department vehicles were on both sides, in Potomac Yard and in Potomac Greens. 

One Potomac Greens resident said he saw firefighters climb over the fence to reach the tracks.

As of 11 p.m., trains were single-tracking between Pentagon City and Braddock Road stations, causing delays in both directions.

Reports of the issue and delays began around 9:15 p.m.

Angela August 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
The delays started before 9:00 pm. I was on a yellow line train to Braddock and the conductor announced at least twice (maybe three times) that she had to leave -- as in exist -- the train to put out fires herself. (This was from just the Crystal City station to Braddock that she had to do this.) I want to give thanks to that conductor, as she was calm and apologetic thru the whole mess. I was relieved to be off when I got off (about 50 mins later than i should have), and thankful that I wasn't on later trains that seemed to have been more problematic.

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