Inital Reports on DC Subway Fire


The National Transportation Safety Board and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency of Washington D.C. have both released initial reports from a subway fire in January.

On January 12, 2015 a fire broke out on the tracks just outside of the WMATA L’Enfant Plaza station in Washington D.C. The fire filled the station and a train with smoke, causing about 200 people to evacuate and 80 people to be transported to the hospital. One female died during the incident. Questions have been raised about the ability of fire fighters to communicate during the incident due to a malfunction in the tunnel and station. Officials have ordered a formal review, and have released the following two reports.

From the NTSB: DC Subway Fire NTSB Prelim Report

From the Washington DC HSEMA: HSEMA Initial Report WMATA – This report includes a detailed overview of the response and detailed transcripts of the 9-1-1 calls received during the incident.

Check back in the coming weeks, we plan to have a detailed post on the incident.