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Metro briefly suspends Red Line service in part of D.C.

The Cleveland Park Metro station. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Metro briefly suspended rail service Friday on part of the Red Line in the District because of smoke coming from beneath an escalator at the Cleveland Park station, transit authorities said.

D.C. fire officials said the fire was caused by oil used in the escalator system. The fire was extinguished and smoke was cleared around 12:45 p.m. Authorities said no injuries were reported.

The service suspension was lifted after about 20 minutes and trains began sharing a track between the Van Ness and Dupont Circle stations, Metro officials said. Trains resumed normal two-track service but were temporarily bypassing the Cleveland Park station. Cleveland Park station returned to regular service by 2 p.m. Friday.

Shuttle buses bridge riders around the closed stations.