Small fire prompts service disruptions on Metro’s Green, Yellow lines

The small fire on the tracks happened on the lower level and affects the Green and Yellow lines. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)
The small fire on the tracks happened on the lower level and affects the Green and Yellow lines. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)

Metro's Gallery Place/Chinatown station closed Monday evening because of a small fire. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)
Metro’s Gallery Place/Chinatown station closed Monday evening because of a small fire. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)

Metro's Gallery Place/Chinatown station closed Monday evening because of a small fire. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)
Metro’s Gallery Place/Chinatown station closed Monday evening because of a small fire. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)

Metro's Gallery Place/Chinatown station reopened a short time later after debris caught fire on the tracks Monday night. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Metro’s Gallery Place/Chinatown station reopened a short time later after debris caught fire on the tracks Monday night. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

Emergency crews wrapping up after debris caught fire on Metro's tracks Monday night at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Emergency crews wrapping up after debris caught fire on Metro’s tracks Monday night at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

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The small fire on the tracks happened on the lower level and affects the Green and Yellow lines. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)
Metro's Gallery Place/Chinatown station closed Monday evening because of a small fire. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)
Metro's Gallery Place/Chinatown station closed Monday evening because of a small fire. (Courtesy Megan Cagle)
Metro's Gallery Place/Chinatown station reopened a short time later after debris caught fire on the tracks Monday night. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Emergency crews wrapping up after debris caught fire on Metro's tracks Monday night at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

WASHINGTON — Service was suspended for several hours on Metro’s Green and Yellow lines between Mt. Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza following a small fire Monday evening.

The Gallery Place station was closed earlier in the evening after a fire on the lower-level tracks sent smoke billowing through the station and caused a short closure.

A small debris fire started on the lower-level tracks that service the Green and Yellow lines around 6 p.m. and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department arrived to extinguish it.

The fire department’s response caused Metro to close the station while crews controlled the fire.

About 25 minutes after its closure, Red Line trains began servicing Gallery Place. Service on the Green and Yellow lines was restored between Mt. Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza shortly before 10 p.m.

DC Fire says one person was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

WTOP’s Ginger Whitaker and Meg Hasken contributed to this story.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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