#1 One Dead, Dozens Hospitalized After Heavy Smoke at D.C. Metro Tunnel by Rev 13.01.2015 03:46

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One Dead, Dozens Hospitalized After Heavy Smoke at D.C. Metro Tunnel

84 people taken to area hospitals, three in critical condition

By Matthew Stabley, Jackie Bensen, Adam Tuss, Derrick Ward and Darcy Spencer

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 • Updated at 12:25 AM EST

One woman is dead, dozens of other people were hospitalized, and three remain in critical condition after the upper level of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station in southeast D.C. filled with smoke Monday afternoon.

A Virginia-bound Yellow Line train was in the tunnel just south of the station around 3:20 p.m. when it stopped for unknown reasons.

Dozens of people were trapped inside the train's cars as the tunnel filled with thick, black smoke.

"People could barely breathe," passenger Denzel Hatch said. "They had to evacuate us through the tunnel and walk back through the front. No electricity, no visibility, nothing. Couldn’t see anything at first."

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#2 RE: One Dead, Dozens Hospitalized After Heavy Smoke at D.C. Metro Tunnel by Sanguine 13.01.2015 09:15

So, WTH is this? One dead and three critical? Just electrical smoke?

#3 RE: One Dead, Dozens Hospitalized After Heavy Smoke at D.C. Metro Tunnel by algernonpj 13.01.2015 10:37

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Quote: Sanguine wrote in post #2
So, WTH is this? One dead and three critical? Just electrical smoke?

IIRC in a fire more deaths are caused by smoke inhalation than from burns.

This why people in high rises are advised to shelter in place and put wet towels at bottom of door where smoke is likely to seep in.

The smoke from an electrical fire likely contains all types of toxins from the burning insulation. If there was no electricity there would be no exhaust fans working. In theory it was 40 minutes before the trains doors wer open and people could evacuate.

So I guess definitely possible.

Now as to the cause of the fire that is another story. In these days it's difficult to tell if it were a true accident, poor maintenance, or terrorism. That's the problem with PC news.

There's more information hers:

http://liveblogwp.wtop.com/Event/Rail_im...porarily_closed

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