Fire destroys DC warehouse

Fire crews responded to the fire at the warehouse in the 6500 block Chillum Place in Northwest around 3 p.m. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)
Fire crews responded to the fire at the warehouse in the 6500 block Chillum Place in Northwest around 3 p.m. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)

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D.C. Fire and EMS said its crews conducted defensive attacks on the two-alarm fire. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)
D.C. Fire and EMS said its crews conducted defensive attacks on the two-alarm fire. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)

The risk of the warehouse collapse caused the nearby Metro and CSX tracks to briefly halt service. It resumed a very short time later. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)
The risk of the warehouse collapse caused Metro and CSX to briefly halt service on their nearby tracks. It resumed a very short time later. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)

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The warehouse is at risk of collapsing, D.C. Fire & EMS said Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy Bill Crandall)
The warehouse is at risk of collapsing, D.C. Fire & EMS said Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy Bill Crandall)

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Fire crews responded to the fire at the warehouse in the 6500 block Chillum Place in Northwest around 3 p.m. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)
D.C. Fire and EMS said its crews conducted defensive attacks on the two-alarm fire. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)
The risk of the warehouse collapse caused the nearby Metro and CSX tracks to briefly halt service. It resumed a very short time later. (Courtesy DC Fire & EMS)
The warehouse is at risk of collapsing, D.C. Fire & EMS said Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy Bill Crandall)

WASHINGTON — Firefighters Thursday morning continue to work to put out a warehouse fire in D.C.’s Takoma neighborhood.

The fire, which caused the roof of the warehouse to partially collapse, started Wednesday afternoon. Its location caused Metro to suspend rail service in the area Wednesday.

Metro says the Red Line will operate Thursday but there will be reduced speeds between Takoma and Fort Totten.

MARC Train said in a statement that Brunswick Line trains will likely experience 10 to 15 minute delays between Silver Spring and D.C., as one of two track is out of service and the open track is limited to 15 mph for one mile in the area of the fire.

The fire, which went to two alarms, broke out at a two-story warehouse in the 6500 block of Chillum Place in Northwest around 3:15 p.m.

Fire crews conducted defensive attacks on the fire, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said the progress to extinguish the fire was slow on Wednesday.

“We expect this to be a long-term operation as we continue to hit the fire from outside and it continues to burn deep inside the structure,” Maggiolo said.

One firefighter has been transported to the hospital with minor injuries but is said to be OK, D.C Fire and EMS said. They have not released details about the nature of the firefighter’s injuries.

Below is a map with the location of the fire:

Stay with WTOP.com for updates on this developing story.

WTOP’s Teta Alim and Abigail Constantino contributed to this story.

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