For at least the second time this week, a large contingent of Arlington County Fire Department vehicles has descended on the Rosslyn Metro station for a report of a track fire.
Initial reports suggest there is an arcing insulator somewhere in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom stations — a seemingly persistent problem that has not been resolved by Metro’s extensive SafeTrack maintenance catch-up program.
Since a woman died on a Yellow Line train that filled with smoke near the L’enfant Metro station in 2015, ACFD sends the cavalry — a full “transportation incident” response — every time there is a report of smoke in a tunnel or fire on the tracks.
Shortly after arriving on scene, firefighters determined that there was no smoke in the Rosslyn station and that Metro’s emergency maintenance team would be taking the lead in resolving what was described as a minor track fire. Most fire department units are going back to their stations.
N. Moore Street is closed in front of the Metro station as a result of the emergency response. Metro riders should expect delays on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
Units on scene Rosslyn Metro investigating possible arcing insulator. Fire department backing down their response for metro to handle. pic.twitter.com/r5EwSAIMKh
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) September 15, 2017
Blu/Sil/Org: Expect delays to Largo & New Carrollton due to a track problem outside Rosslyn.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) September 15, 2017