Firefighters in the District said there was light smoke in the track area of the Friendship Heights Metro stop Wednesday morning after they found an arcing insulator. No one was reportedly injured but the station was briefly evacuated, they said, for safety reasons, according to Oscar Mendez, a D.C. Fire department spokesman.
He said firefighters arrived around 7:59 a.m. and the station was reopened around 8:25 a.m.
Metro said in a Twitter message that trains headed outbound on the Red Line are not stopping at the Bethesda stop. Riders are advised to use inbound trains for that stop.
Trains are sharing a track on Metro’s Red Line between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stops. There are delays in both directions of the rail line.
Firefighters are investigating a possible arcing insulator at the Friendship Heights station.
The elevator at Metro’s Medical Center stop is reportedly fixed but Red Line riders may face delays because of a problem with a track outside the Friendship Heights.
It is not clear how long the delays will last.
Metro said power has been restored on elevators at the Medical Center stop.
Original post at 7:39 a.m.
Firefighters in Montgomery County said some Metro riders were stuck on an elevator at the Medical Center stop after a power outage. No one was injured.
It was not immediately clear what caused the power cut.