Metro Blames DC Fire for Failed Response to Deadly Smoke Incident in 2015

  • Source: NBC Washington
  • Published: 01/11/2017 12:00 AM

Metro asked a court to dismiss legal claims against it for a deadly smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza in 2015, arguing that it has immunity from the lawsuits -- and putting the blame on D.C. first-responders. In a filing in federal court Monday, Metro denied all liability, arguing it is a government-created agency that can't be sued and adding that the D.C. Fire and EMS (FEMS) department is responsible for rescuing or evacuating passengers on its trains. And Metro filed a cross-claim against the District of Columbia, saying firefighters and paramedics ignored critical information coming from WMATA. It claims D.C. Fire sent an inexperienced battalion commander to the scene, who failed to manage the response.


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