Small Fire Under Ballston Metro Station Escalator

by ARLnow.com October 17, 2012 at 3:15 pm 3,714 11 Comments


A small fire broke out underneath an escalator at the Ballston Metro station this afternoon as a result of welding work.

“An escalator contractor was welding at the time on the unit, and that a spark from the welding work was the likely cause” of the fire, WMATA spokesman Dan Stessel told ARLnow.com. There were no injuries, smoke has been fully ventilated from the station, and “all protective systems worked as intended,” Stessel said.

Workers managed to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived, according to ACFD spokesman Capt. Gregg Karl.

The escalator, one of three between the station and an upper bank of escalators, remains out of service.

  • Right of Center

    Someone notify the Red Line. You have competition.

  • Ren

    Danny: Did you take the Cooter Preference Test when you were a senior in high school?
    Ty: Yes, I took it. They said I should be a fire-watcher. What are you supposed to be?
    Danny: An underachiever.

    • Quoth the Raven

      The world needs ditch-diggers too.

  • SomeGuy

    Time for a welder roundup?

  • Dezlboy

    Protective Systems?

  • Cletus Van Damme

    …never heard the spark say, “on your left.” It’s a shame.

  • Mike Honcho

    Must be arson. Metro escalators don’t run.

    • Right of Center


  • WeiQiang

    This could make visiting high school kids puke.

  • drax

    Someone needs to light a fire under those Metro maintenance guys and get them to be more careful.

  • Charles

    perhaps someone should light a fire under the APCD in case they notice a lot of people are running red lights these days.


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