Smoke, fire reported at Metro Center station

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — During rush hour Friday, Metro commuters began posting photos and videos to social media that showed fire and smoke on the tracks at the heavily trafficked Metro Center station.

Metro suspended some service due to this issue and began single-tracking between McPherson Square and Federal Triangle stations.


A spokesperson for Metro said the issue was caused due to an “arcing insulator”, which is when the insulator that covers the electrified third rail lifts up. This is a known problem for Metro and happens regularly, to varying degrees of severity.

DC Fire responded to tonight’s incident, cleared the scene and got the situation under control. The insulator is being repaired, and Metro hopes to restore service soon.

“We don’t have active smoke or fire at this time,” said Metro.