WASHINGTON - Firefighters are continuing to battle a blaze that broke at a large warehouse in Northwest, D.C. Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a large, two-story structure on the 6500 block of Chillum Place. When firefighters arrived Wednesday heavy smoke and fire had engulfed the District Properties Luxury Home Builders business at the location.
Much off the roof top deck above 2-Alarm Chillum PL NW warehouse fire caved in late last night - swallowing some cars & claiming others. pic.twitter.com/BYdUChGwxn— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 10, 2018
The video behind our request to have @wmata single track just feet from the 2 Alarm Fire we continue to fight on Chillum Place, NW. We need to ensure the safety and well being of our commuters. pic.twitter.com/3BtimryKIX— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 10, 2018
Metro and CSX shut down service at the tracks near the warehouse on Wednesday. Metro also suspended Red Line train service between the Rhode Island Avenue and the Silver Spring stations due to the fire. On Thursday, transit service started the day under normal operations but began single tracking around 8:30 a.m.
The fire also caused a large portion of the roof to collapse.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. One firefighter was treated for minor injuries.
Regular Red Line train service will operate today after yesterday’s fire activity adjacent to Metro tracks. However, service will operate at reduced speeds btwn Takoma & Fort Totten as a safety precaution, please allow additional travel time. #wmata— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) May 10, 2018
As day breaks in DC, the 2nd alarm fire at Chillum Place NW continues to be extinguished. For the last 13 hours #DCsBravest have worked diligently on containment. @dcfireems continues to use master streams to contain the fire. No additional injuries to report. pic.twitter.com/ZcloyTq9K5— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 10, 2018
CHILLUM PL FIRE: Businesses are taking a hit due to massive warehouse fire. Ppl showing up for work can't access vehicles, work trucks & some are w/o WATER. Dialysis patients being redirected to another clinic. Trash may not get picked up b/c garbage trucks can't get out. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/MK2Cn6z8m2— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) May 10, 2018