Warehouse fire rages for hours into next day in NW DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, DC Firefighter battled flames for hours as a warehouse in the 6500 block of Chillum Place NW burned well into the evening.

“Because of the angle, we’re having trouble being able to get in and get in the corner where it is and that’s why you see us trying to go up above it and below it at the same time.”, said DC Fire Chief Gregory Dean.

DC Fire received the call at 3:16 in the afternoon.
The warehouse which caught fire is close to the Takoma Park Metro Station which caused major delays for Metro riders during their evening commute between Silver Spring and Rhode Island Avenue stops.
That restriction was later reduced to the area between Silver Spring and the Fort Totten stops, but Metro warned that delays could continue into Thursday morning’s commute.

Chief Dean said that the fire had proven difficult to extinguish, pointing to a possible broken gas line in the building.

“For every time they knock the fire down, it kind of flared back up, so we’re also thinking there might be a gas line broken or something like that also.”, said Chief Dean.

Chief Dean also said that all of the firefighters had been pulled from inside of the building for safety reasons.
One of his firefighters suffered a minor injury.
As the evening went on, the roof which also serves as a parking deck, collapsed, giving firefighters greater access to the flames.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight into Thursday, continuing to put out hotspots.