Track fire on Blue Line prompts evacuations, causes delays

BOSTON (WHDH) - A track fire on the Blue Line tracks prompted evacuations and caused delays at the MBTA’s Aquarium Station on Wednesday morning.

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Officials delayed trains in both directions after passengers were forced to leave the subway around 9 a.m. at the height of rush hour.

Firefighters “shut down the station, cut off the power, and quickly extinguished the blaze,” according to Boston Deputy Fire Chief Robert Calobrisi.

“There was some heavy arcing going on down there as a result of the cables igniting,” he said. “Once we cut the power, we were able to extinguish it with dry chemicals.”

Shuttle buses replaced service between the Government Center and Airport stations.

Regular service has since resumed but commuters were urged to expect residual delays.

Some commuters were reported delays of up to 30 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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