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Posted at 6:44 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Tenleytown fire backs up Red Line

By Luke Rosiak

7:48 p.m. Update: Post Local Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that Red Line trains headed toward Shady Grove are crowded, but are moving along fine.

Original post: Shortly after 6, there was "burning debris on the tracks at Tenleytown, so the operator exited the train and put it out" using a fire extinguisher, said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

The train was offloaded, causing a huge crush on the platform--the kind that can back up for several trains.

The second Red Line fire of the day contributed to backups on the Red Line, and Washington Post reporters and other riders are reporting a "mobbed" commute.

Earlier, Forest Glen and Wheaton were temporarily closed due to smoke emanating from a train's brakes.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 25, 2011; 6:44 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Red Line  
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