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NYC Subway Service Rusumes After Another Fire

Adam Goldman (
Fri, 21 Oct 2005 12:29:32 -0500

By ADAM GOLDMAN, Associated Press Writer

An apparent electrical fire in a subway storage room produced heavy
smoke, forcing the evacuation of a busy Manhattan station and
disrupting rush hour service for tens of thousands of commuters,
authorities said.

Six firefighters suffered minor injuries, officials said.

All seven train lines that were suspended due to the fire had resumed
service by late Friday morning, NYC Transit spokesman James Anyansi
said. The trains still were bypassing West Fourth Street station, the
major West Side subway hub where the fire occurred.

The smoke rose through street grates, causing a heavy smoke condition
at street level as well, said David Billig, a fire department

More than 100 firefighters and 25 pieces of fire equipment were at the
scene, he said. The cause of the fire, reported at 8:05 a.m., was not
immediately known.

Sixth Avenue was blocked off to traffic and crowds of onlookers
snapped pictures on their cell phones. The smell of smoke wafted
through the subway system, giving stranded riders a hint of the cause
of their delay. Commuters covered their mouths with their hands as
they rushed in and out of the trains.

A fire in January that damaged a signal room knocked out service to
two of the same lines for days.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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