Faulty ‘Shoe’ May Have Caused Fire on Metro’s Red Line

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Metro says a mechanical problem started a fire on train at the Silver Spring station that disrupted red line service between Takoma and Forest Glen.

The fire broke out under an empty train at the station around 6 p.m. Tuesday and Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says the fire was extinguished a half hour later.

No injuries were reported, but service through the station was halted for a time. By 7:30 p.m. some service was restored through the station, though passengers were only allowed to exit until full service was restored about 9:20 p.m.

Riders are voicing continued frustrations with the transit service after long lines and overcrowding led to extensive delays on the shuttle bus service provided between the impacted stations.

Graham says the fire may have involved a “shoe” that conducts power between the electrified third rail and the train or an insulator.

Metro says foul play is not suspected.

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