Fire near tracks on NY Ave NE
Update 6:50p.m.: Fire spokesman Peringer tweets that the bulk of the fire has been knocked down; there are no injuries; and train service has resumed at slower-than-normal speeds.
Update 5:50p.m.: A tire fire has filled parts of the city with dark smoke and shut down a segment of U.S. Route 50 corridor in northeast DC, and DC emergency officials have asked Amtrak, whose trains run alongside New York Ave., to suspend service.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a tire store at about 5:00, with burning rubber quickly generating plumes of dark, acrid smoke. They are currently in "defensive operations" attacking the fire with "massive amounts" of water, spokesman Pete Peringer told NBC4, effectively shutting down the area of New York Ave.
Peringer recommended Rhode Island Ave. or Bladensburg Road as alternate routes.
Original post: DC emergency officials are responding to a heavy fire near 1300 New York Avenue NE, evacuating a building and warning that smoke in the area could delay Amtrak service and cause congestion for travelers passing through the U.S. Route 50 artery in the city.
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