Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday's Metrorail fire caused commuters to sound off on Twitter.
Metro troubles reared their ugly head again on Tuesday as a track fire on the Red Line in Silver Spring caused significant delays during evening rush hour. Commuters took to Twitter to share their woes. @MROBart of Washington, DC was happy to have Twitter as a communication channel: "thank u #twitterverse for keeping us folks on the redline informed about the #silver spring FIRE when @wmata has failed to do so!" @wisemetis of Silver Spring had her evening plans impacted: "Red line train on fire at Silver Spring. Guesd I'm missing knit night tonight." @jonathanbtucker of DC might have come up with a new pick-up line: ""Baby, you look like the Red Line.... on fire!" -- no really tho, there's a fire on the DC metro Red Line near Silver Spring…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Metro suspended rail service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations Tuesday evening.
Update Service is back to normal at the Silver Spring Metro station, Metro announced via Twitter at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. Original post A fire on the tracks that sent billowing smoke over downtown Silver Spring forced the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station at the peak of Tuesday evening’s rush hour. No one was injured as firefighters brought the fire under a Red Line train under control quickly, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. NBC4 video from the scene showed thick white smoke after the fire was extinguished. The fire was in electrical insulation and connectors on the tracks, Graham said. Red Line service was suspended between the Takoma and Forest Glen stations, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Fire and rescue spokeswoman: Building evacuated due to kitchen fire Sunday afternoon.
A kitchen fire displaced the resident of a North Bethesda apartment Sunday afternoon, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said. Firefighters responded just after 4 p.m. for a report of a kitchen fire in an apartment in the 10200 block of Grosvenor Place, Beth Anne Nesselt, a fire and rescue service spokeswoman, wrote in an email. The first units located and extinguished the fire in the second-floor apartment kitchen. Other units helped residents to evacuate the building and cleared smoke, Nesselt wrote. No one was injured. Fire investigators ruled the fire “accidental [due to] combustibles placed too close to a heat source in the kitchen,” Nesselt wrote. The fire resulted in $40,000 in damages, including $30,000 to the…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
A bathroom fire that spread into the attic of a Rockville home caused $10,000 in damage, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt said.
A small fire in a Rockville home Wednesday caused approximately $10,000 in damage but no injuries, reported Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Beth Anne Nesselt. Fire and rescue officials were dispatched to a home in the 1700 block of Farragut Avenue at 12:17 p.m. for the report of smoke in the house, Nesselt told Patch in an email. All occupants had safely exited by the time firefighters arrived, Nesselt said. The home's smoke alarm was activated and personnel on the scene quickly extinguished the fire. Nesselt said MCFR officials believe the fire started in a fan in an upstairs bathroom and spread into the home's attic. The cause is attributed to an operational deficiency in the electrical fan. No occupants of the home were …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Cause of fire still under investigation.
A fire early Wednesday caused $250,000 in structure damage to the Karma Academy, a youth treatment facility that has been vacant for years. The cause of the large blaze is still under investigation, fire officials said in a press release Friday. At around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were dispatched to 175 Watts Branch Parkway for an initial report of a fire in the woods. But crews arrived to find a large vacant building engulfed in flames. No injuries were reported.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green took his life after firing on his roommates, killing one.
Editor's note: Early Tuesday morning, two University of Maryland students were left dead and another injured in a shooting on 36th Ave. in College Park. Police say that the gunman, identified as 23-year-old graduate student Dayvon Maurice Green, set several fires around his house before shooting two of his roommates when they came outside. One—Stephen Alex Rane, 22, of Silver Spring—was later pronounced dead, while another suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Green then turned the gun on himself, according to police. News of the incident sent shockwaves around College Park and the UMD community. Find continuous coverage of this story below, or follow the latest from College Park Patch on Twitter and Facebook. Update, 8:21 p.m.: UMD …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Small fires set Wednesday near Croydon Park are not new for the neighborhood.
Newspapers and phone books left in front of homes appear to have provided the fuel for two small fires set in East Rockville late Wednesday night. “It seems the ‘fire bug’ that plagued our neighborhood last summer and fall is back again,” read a post on the East Rockville Civic Association blog on Thursday. “Last night (2/6) two small fires were set in the exact same area as before.” One was on the corner of Grandin Avenue and Reading Terrace, the post said. The other was in the 300 block of Highland Avenue leading into Croydon Park. “Both occurred late in the evening and again the fuel was weekly Gazette newspapers left out and recently distributed phone books also left out in yards and driveways,” the post said. Rockville city police Maj…
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Department of Juvenile Services is handling the case involving four juveniles, fire officials said.
An arson fire that destroyed playground equipment at Rockville Civic Center Park on Thanksgiving eve caused an estimated $160,000 in damage, county fire investigators said Thursday. Fire officials for the first time provided details of the arrest of four teenagers whom law enforcement officials say are responsible for the fire. Rockville Patch first reported the incident Tuesday. Temporary fencing and the remains of police tape surrounded the melted and charred remains of the playground equipment Thursday afternoon. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel responded shortly after 8 p.m. Nov. 21 to the playgroud on the Civic Center grounds at 603 Edmonston Drive, the fire and rescue service said in a news release. The playground was …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Police chief: The suspects ranged in age from 14 to 16.
Fire officials are expected to release details Wednesday of an investigation into a fire that consumed the playground at Rockville Civic Center Park on Nov. 21. “The entire playground was destroyed by fire/arson,” Rockville city police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said in an email. The incident occurred in the evening hours of Thanksgiving eve. Four suspects—ages 14 through 16—were located by city police officers that same evening, Treschuk said. The juveniles admitted to starting the fire and were turned over to the Montgomery County fire marshal's office for the filing of charges, he said. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue will have more details on the incident Wednesday, said Assistant Chief Scott Graham, a fire and rescue service …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Malfunctioning light fixture blamed for evacuation on first day of school.
Rockville High School was evacuated for about 20 minutes on Monday, the first day of the school year, because of a report of smoke that turned out to be a malfunctioning light fixture, school and fire officials said. A tweet from Rockville High School Principal Debra Munk said it all: "@RHSprincipal Opening day went well-except for an incident with a smoking light fixture that required us to a call 911 & evacuate the building for 20 min." The building was evacuated a half-hour before the end of the school day. About 35 firefighters from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the school at 1:42 p.m. for a report of smoke on the second floor, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a county fire and rescue service spokesman. …