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Posted at 5:33 PM ET, 02/ 5/2010

Fire in garage at Washington Hospital Center

By Washington Post editors

A pickup truck with a snow plow attached caught fire in a garage at Washington Hospital Center about 4:30 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a D.C. Fire and Emergency Services spokesman.

The fire happened on the ground floor of the garage which is next to the emergency entrance of Childrens National Medical Center. Officials quickly extinguished the truck, which was engulfed in flames.

No injuries were reported. However, patients on all floors of the nearby 8-floor psychiatric ward had to be sheltered in an auditorium in the building after smoke entered the hospital through windows and some of the building was charred.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

--Clarence Williams

By Washington Post editors  | February 5, 2010; 5:33 PM ET
Categories:  Weather  
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"D.C. Public Schools lately have shown the most "flintiness" in their reactions to major snowstorms, and that pattern continues as they are one of the few districts asking students to attend Monday. The schools will open two hours late."

It's easy for D.C. to show such "flintiness" when they are not responsible for getting the kids to the schools. In the suburbs, the counties are responsible for providing transportation for many students, in addition to clearing the school sidewalks and lots, as well as making sure neighborhood roads are plowed.

Posted by: adjinx | February 7, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

OUTRAGEOUS! Shame on the DC Mayor and the Chancellor of DC Public Schools for their demonstrated lack of respect for the children of Washington, DC and their parents. As parents themselves, would Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee freely send their children, whose routes to class might include pedestrian walkways, Metro and busses, onto the streets of DC to school, or demand that their children walk these uncleared sidewalks to school.

Chancellor Rhee adds insult to injury (i.e., her prior injurious allegations concerning DC teachers) , noting that children will not be penalized for abence MOnday January 8 if attributed to parent apprenhension for a student's dangerous trek. Teachers with principle and with ethical obligation to go to work but not a cleared pathway are forced to use their leave.

Shame, shame, Mayoru Fenty and Chacellor Rhee. The Metro aresa' Federal, state, local government offices and every major university in the Washington metro area recognized the danger for adults to be on the streets and determined staff and students would be safer without a commute. Why does Washington DC's Mayor and his Chancellor of Schools believe their city's children don't deserve equal consideration?

Posted by: power2comment | February 7, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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