Fire hose injures two students

A fire hose caught in a Metrobus wheel caused minor injuries to two students Tuesday night outside of the International House residence hall.

International House was evacuated due to a small kitchen fire in the building, according to witnesses on scene. While D.C. Fire was responding, a fire hose caught in the axle of a Metrobus wheel and dragged a police car, which caused the hose to “wave wildly” said Alex Rice, a junior and resident of the building.

Rice said the hose caused burns on his lower arm under his wrist, and said others were also injured or fell down after being struck by the hose.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Association spokesman Reggie Woodruff confirmed that the incident took place.

Woodruff said a WMATA manager responded to the scene and “upon investigating, at that point, no one was claiming injury,” and WMATA closed the case.

“We categorized the event as an occurrence and reported that the event took place,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff said that the driver was not punished for the incident.

“Because no one reported injury, we just briefed the driver about driving through those areas and to be watchful,” Woodruff said.

D.C. Fire spokesman Pete Piringer did not return request for comment.

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