Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday's Metrorail fire caused commuters to sound off on Twitter.
Metro troubles reared their ugly head again on Tuesday as a track fire on the Red Line in Silver Spring caused significant delays during evening rush hour. Commuters took to Twitter to share their woes. @MROBart of Washington, DC was happy to have Twitter as a communication channel: "thank u #twitterverse for keeping us folks on the redline informed about the #silver spring FIRE when @wmata has failed to do so!" @wisemetis of Silver Spring had her evening plans impacted: "Red line train on fire at Silver Spring. Guesd I'm missing knit night tonight." @jonathanbtucker of DC might have come up with a new pick-up line: ""Baby, you look like the Red Line.... on fire!" -- no really tho, there's a fire on the DC metro Red Line near Silver Spring…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
New information released about investigation into the fire beneath a Red Line rail car Tuesday evening at the Silver Spring Metro station.
Metro investigators said Wednesday that they do not yet know the root cause of the fire that led to the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station Tuesday evening, but that they have ruled out the track conditions and are focusing instead on the Red Line rail car involved. Metro said it reported the fire under the rail car shortly after 6 p.m. Smoke billowed over downtown Silver Spring, but no one was injured, and firefighters brought it under control quickly. According to Metro, the rail car is a 1000-series car that is the oldest type in the fleet and scheduled for retirement with the arrival of the new 7000-series rail cars next year. Investigators "are looking at the way the electrical arc-flashing occurred beneath the car, which …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Metro suspended rail service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations Tuesday evening.
Update Service is back to normal at the Silver Spring Metro station, Metro announced via Twitter at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Original post A fire on the tracks that sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour. No one was injured as firefighters brought the fire under a Red Line train under control quickly, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. NBC4 video from the scene showed thick white smoke after the fire was extinguished. The fire was in electrical insulation and connectors on the tracks, Graham said. Red Line service was suspended between the Takoma and Forest Glen stations, …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green took his life after firing on his roommates, killing one.
Editor's note: Early Tuesday morning, two University of Maryland students were left dead and another injured in a shooting on 36th Ave. in College Park. Police say that the gunman, identified as 23-year-old graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, set several fires around his house before shooting two of his roommates when they came outside. One—Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring—was later pronounced dead, while another suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Green then turned the gun on himself, according to police. News of the incident sent shockwaves around College Park and the UMD community. Find continuous coverage of this story below, or follow the latest from College Park Patch on Twitter and Facebook. Update, 8:21 p.m.: UMD …
Monday, October 15, 2012
The man charged in the arson at the Round Hill Apartments in Chevy Chase on May 1, 2012, pleads in court he is not criminally responsible, The Gazette reported.
The man charged in the arson at Round Hill Apartments in Chevy Chase on May 1, 2012, pleaded in court that he is not criminally responsible,The Gazette reported: Abraham O. Kiflu, 25, sat silently in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Friday as his defense attorney, Tony Graham Sr., asked Judge Ronald B. Rubin to allow him additional time to hire a mental health professional to evaluate Kiflu's state of mind. Kiflu was charged with first-degree arson and reckless endangerment after he turned himself [in to the] police and fire officials following a May 1 fire that consumed much of the apartment building he lived in with his parents. County Assistant State's Attorney Sherri D. Koch did not object to the defense attorney's request for …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The damage is estimated at $400,000, according to a Kensington fire official.
Kensington fire officials have determined that an electrical problem triggered a basement fire in a home that forced out an elderly woman and her caregiver. The damage to the woman’s home, located at 4005 Glenrose St., was estimated at $400,000, Kensington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jayme Heflin said. Firefighters arriving on the scene about 3:15 p.m. found a basement engulfed in flames and two occupants who had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The elderly woman and her caregiver aren't able to live in the home and it is unclear what type of housing assistance they may have received at this time.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A home in the Colesville neighborhood sustained about $30,000 in damages, fire officials said.
Two occupants of a home in the Colesville neighborhood of Silver Spring were displaced Tuesday night because of a fire that erupted on the top floor of their house. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the second floor of a single family home in the 13100 block of New Hampshire Avenue, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue. Firefighters found smoke and fire on the second floor and extinguished the flames, according to Garcia. Two people were in the home when the fire broke out, he said, but both had escaped before fire crews arrived. One occupant was taken to a local hospital for a check-up. The homeowners are looking at about $30,000 in damages, Garcia confirmed. The cause of the blaze …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Damage estimated at $10,000.
Two Silver Spring residents have been driven out of their home by a fire, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia. About 8:45 p.m. Thursday evening, firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Lexington Drive, Garcia said. When they arrived, they discovered a fire in the second floor bedroom. “Fire investigators have determined the fire to be accidental in nature and electrical. They believe a wall outlet malfunctioned and ignited the bed,” Garcia added. Damage to the structure has been placed at $10,000.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The fire caused an estimated $60,000 worth of damage to the building, a fire official said.
Three Silver Spring families were displaced after their apartments caught fire Wednesday night, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman said. About 50 firefighters were dispatched to the Rolling Wood Apartments in the 2400 block of Ross Road to distinguish the fire, said Capt. Oscar Garcia. Garcia said the cause of the fire was under investigation but it was considered accidental. The displaced families are currently working with the management officials of Rolling Wood Apartments to find vacant apartments. In the meantime, the families are staying with relatives, Garcia said. No injuries were reported.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
A two-alarm fire on the roof of the furniture store closed Rockville Pike into Town Center at the height of Wednesday evening's rush hour.
A two-alarm fire Wednesday night at the Marlo Furniture at 725 Rockville Pike did significant damage to the store's roof and snarled traffic in Rockville Town Center at the height of the evening rush. Two firefighters were injured. The call for the fire came in at 6:15 p.m. County and Rockville City police closed Rockville Pike at Wootton Parkway, rerouting traffic around the northbound route into the city's downtown. An NBC4 helicopter captured video of the rooftop blaze. Two firefighters suffered heat-related non-life threatening injuries while putting out the blaze, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham of the county fire and rescue service. The store was evacuated, Graham said. No civilians were hurt. Firefighters extinguished the fire, …