Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday's Metrorail fire caused commuters to sound off on Twitter.
Metro troubles reared their ugly head again on Tuesday as a track fire on the Red Line in Silver Spring caused significant delays during evening rush hour. Commuters took to Twitter to share their woes. @MROBart of Washington, DC was happy to have Twitter as a communication channel: "thank u #twitterverse for keeping us folks on the redline informed about the #silver spring FIRE when @wmata has failed to do so!" @wisemetis of Silver Spring had her evening plans impacted: "Red line train on fire at Silver Spring. Guesd I'm missing knit night tonight." @jonathanbtucker of DC might have come up with a new pick-up line: ""Baby, you look like the Red Line.... on fire!" -- no really tho, there's a fire on the DC metro Red Line near Silver Spring…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
New information released about investigation into the fire beneath a Red Line rail car Tuesday evening at the Silver Spring Metro station.
Metro investigators said Wednesday that they do not yet know the root cause of the fire that led to the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station Tuesday evening, but that they have ruled out the track conditions and are focusing instead on the Red Line rail car involved. Metro said it reported the fire under the rail car shortly after 6 p.m. Smoke billowed over downtown Silver Spring, but no one was injured, and firefighters brought it under control quickly. According to Metro, the rail car is a 1000-series car that is the oldest type in the fleet and scheduled for retirement with the arrival of the new 7000-series rail cars next year. Investigators "are looking at the way the electrical arc-flashing occurred beneath the car, which …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Metro suspended rail service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations Tuesday evening.
Update Service is back to normal at the Silver Spring Metro station, Metro announced via Twitter at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Original post A fire on the tracks that sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour. No one was injured as firefighters brought the fire under a Red Line train under control quickly, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. NBC4 video from the scene showed thick white smoke after the fire was extinguished. The fire was in electrical insulation and connectors on the tracks, Graham said. Red Line service was suspended between the Takoma and Forest Glen stations, …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green took his life after firing on his roommates, killing one.
Editor's note: Early Tuesday morning, two University of Maryland students were left dead and another injured in a shooting on 36th Ave. in College Park. Police say that the gunman, identified as 23-year-old graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, set several fires around his house before shooting two of his roommates when they came outside. One—Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring—was later pronounced dead, while another suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Green then turned the gun on himself, according to police. News of the incident sent shockwaves around College Park and the UMD community. Find continuous coverage of this story below, or follow the latest from College Park Patch on Twitter and Facebook. Update, 8:21 p.m.: UMD …
Friday, February 1, 2013
An oil-filled space heater may have caused a Bethesda house fire early Thursday.
Firefighters rescued a 90-year-old woman from a Bethesda house fire early Thursday, according to a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service statement. The woman remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The fire also displaced three other adult residents. A smoke alarm alerted a family to the fire that started around 5:30 a.m. in their home in the 7700 block of Glenmore Springs Way. Firefighters received mutliple calls from neighbors reporting the fire. Responding to reports that one person was trapped in the home, firefighters rescued an elderly woman from the back bedroom, according to the statement. At the scene, responders battled heavy fire conditions in the attached garage of the single family ranch home before …
Friday, December 7, 2012
The health department will need to complete an inspection before the coffee shop re-opens, according to fire and rescue officials.
The East-West Highway Starbucks remains closed following a Friday morning fire in a ceiling fan in the coffee shop's rear bathroom, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. The county health department must complete an inspection before it allows the shop to open, according to Beth Anne Nesselt, a county Fire and Rescue spokeswoman. Responders arrived around 10:13 a.m., Nesselt said, and quickly extinguished the small electrical fire. The office building above the Starbucks was evacuated, and the workers had returned to their desks by about 10:30 a.m. A rapid intervention team was also dispatched, Nesselt said. It wasn't yet clear when the Starbucks would re-open. "There's a pretty comprehensive cleaning that needs to take …
The Department of Juvenile Services is handling the case involving four juveniles, fire officials said.
An arson fire that destroyed playground equipment at Rockville Civic Center Park on Thanksgiving eve caused an estimated $160,000 in damage, county fire investigators said Thursday. Fire officials for the first time provided details of the arrest of four teenagers whom law enforcement officials say are responsible for the fire. Rockville Patch first reported the incident Tuesday. Temporary fencing and the remains of police tape surrounded the melted and charred remains of the playground equipment Thursday afternoon. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 21 to the playgroud on the Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Drive, the fire and rescue service said in a news release. The playground was …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The damage is estimated at $400,000, according to a Kensington fire official.
Kensington fire officials have determined that an electrical problem triggered a basement fire in a home that forced out an elderly woman and her caregiver. The damage to the woman’s home, located at 4005 Glenrose St., was estimated at $400,000, Kensington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jayme Heflin said. Firefighters arriving on the scene about 3:15 p.m. found a basement engulfed in flames and two occupants who had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The elderly woman and her caregiver aren't able to live in the home and it is unclear what type of housing assistance they may have received at this time.
Monday, September 24, 2012
House fire on Glenrose Street shuts down southbound Connecticut Avenue.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Ben Gross
Monday, September 24, 2012
A midday fire at 4005 Glenrose Street drove an elderly woman and her caregiver out of the house. Both were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but neither was hospitalized. The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) responded to the blaze at approximately 3:15 p.m. According to KVFD Chief Heflin, the “significant fire” was in the basement of the single-family home. Two individuals, an elderly woman and a caregiver, were assessed on the scene and treated for smoke inhalation, but were not taken to the hospital. When asked if the occupants would be able to remain in the residence, Heflin remarked that they would not because the basement was “completely engulfed in flames.” The cause of the fire is currently under investigation…
Friday, August 17, 2012
Damage estimated at $10,000.
Two Silver Spring residents have been driven out of their home by a fire, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia. About 8:45 p.m. Thursday evening, firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Lexington Drive, Garcia said. When they arrived, they discovered a fire in the second floor bedroom. “Fire investigators have determined the fire to be accidental in nature and electrical. They believe a wall outlet malfunctioned and ignited the bed,” Garcia added. Damage to the structure has been placed at $10,000.