Metro has suspended Orange Line train service between West Falls Church and Vienna, following reports of fire along Metro tracks.
A fire official said that they were requesting that Metro shut down power to the tracks so that crews can access the area.
Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel said a track near Dunn Loring was being inspected because of a “smoldering cross-tie.”
The transit authority said shuttle bus service is being established.
Officials were warning of trains being off-loaded and of crowding along the Orange Line.
5:56 p.m. Update: Fire officials report that the fire is out and power has been restored.
6:02 p.m. Update: Metro reports that trains are moving in both directions. However, reports are coming in that the stations are extremely crowded.
6:04 p.m. Update: This information in from Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel: “I have no report of any brush fire. I have a report of a smoldering cross tie. It was extinguished by Metro personnel. Subsequently Fairfax County FD requested power down on both tracks so they could perform an inspection.”
6:12 p.m. Update: Metro says normal service has resumed on the Orange Line.
6:20 p.m. Update: Metro now says riders should continue to expect ”residual delays.”