Fire forces Union Station evacuation

Union Station in the District was partially evacuated for a time Sunday evening after an electrical fire broke out in Metro equipment there, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. in a room near an entrance to the Metro stop at the west side of Union Station, according to the D.C. fire department. A “fairly significant” amount of smoke was produced, said fire department spokesman Pete Piringer.

Power was cut off and Metro service through the station was halted, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said. By 7:15 p.m. the fire was under control and the smoke was being cleared, Piringer said.

Stessel said Metro began setting up a bus shuttle for affected Red Line passengers, but by 7:30 p.m. normal operations resumed.

Three Amtrak trains were delayed, a spokeswoman for the rail passenger service said.

After the evacuation many people wandered around outside the station, pushing or pulling their luggage and seeking information from each other.

No injuries were reported. Stessel said it appeared the problem stemmed from seepage of water into the electrical equipment.

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