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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Wheaton, Forest Glen stations reopen

By Luke Rosiak

Update 7 p.m. Montgomery firefighters received a report of smoke at the Forest Glen Metro station at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the county's Fire and Rescue Service. The train got to the station, and passengers were able to get off the train, Garcia said.

Firefighters found smoke in the tunnel, but it was relatively light, and they found no open flames, Garcia said. Medics treated the train operator, who said he had breathed in smoke and was having difficulty breathing, Garcia said. The operator was taken to a local hospital, but his injuries were considered non-life threatening, Garcia said.

--Dan Morse

Updated 4:30 p.m. Even though Metro says the delay is cleared, it may not be. As of 4:30, trains at Silver Spring towards Glenmont for at least the next 15 minutes are all no passengers.

Update 4:10 p.m. All stations re-opened at 4:05, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Metro says there was no fire; smoke was caused by a brake malfunction.

Update 3:35 p.m. Wheaton station is now closed in addition to Forest Glen. Metro customers can use the Y8 and Q2 buses along Georgia Avenue for free.

Montgomery County fire officials are checking out the scene, with a crew checking out the tracks via a train, along with a Metro Transit Police officer.

"I'm OK, the platform's OK."

"The third rail's going to be re-energized," chatter on their scanners said.

3:10 p.m. Metro now says that trains are not travelling on the tracks near Forest Glen, and riders must use shuttles to get between Silver Spring and Glenmont. The shuttles are already running, but they will cause delays. Metro confirms that there was a fire on-board a train at Forest Glen. An initial report indicates the brakes of the train may have caught fire, but the fire was out when firefighters arrived, a Montgomery County emergency official told the Associated Press.

3 p.m.: A heavy presence of haz-mat, fire and EMS personnel around Forest Glen is causing traffic problems on the Beltway, Georgia Avenue, and Forest Glen Road. According to police scanner traffic, a train operator is being evaluated for respiratory distress.

2:50 p.m. Trains are now single-tracking between Silver Spring and Wheaton, so there is continuous service on the Red Line, but with delays, and trains are passing through Forest Glen without servicing it.

"There is smoke at Forest Glen and we've evacuated the station--our fire protection folks are there," Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff said. "I can't confirm at this time (what caused the smoke)." No one was injured, he said.

--Ann Scott Tyson

2:30 p.m.
Metro is reporting a fire aboard a train at the Forest Glen station. The station has been closed and shuttle bus service has been started between the Silver Spring and Wheaton stations.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 25, 2011; 3:40 PM ET
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There's always a "possible fire" on Metro. Have you SMELLED a train lately?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 25, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"there was no fire; smoke was caused by a brake malfunction"

So who said there was a fire? Did some do-gooder Metro rider call it in? Seriously people, if you think something is broken or on fire, DO NOT REPORT IT. Metro will make the situation worse and you will ruin the commutes of hundreds of thousands of people right behind you.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 25, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you run a heavy rail system with no “Hot Box” detection equipment; metro's built on the cheap.

Posted by: Nighttrain | January 25, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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