Blue Line Delayed After Reports of Smoke

Unconfirmed reports of small break fire on stalled train

Sunday, Jan 22, 2012  |  Updated 11:50 AM CDT
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Blue Line Delayed After Reports of Smoke

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The Blue Line is back up and running Sunday morning after it was shut down briefly due to reports of smoke in the subway.

Power was temporarily shut off to investigate.

Initially, there was a report of smoke in a Blue Line train at 502 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to Fire Media Affairs. Power on the Blue Line was shut off in both directions, between Clark/Lake and Milwaukee/Thomas, according to Fire Media.

As a result, according to the CTA, service on the Blue Line was suspended between the Damen station on the Near Northwest Side and the UIC/Halsted station on the Near West Side.

The CTA was advising customers to use the No. 56 Milwaukee bus as an alternate.

Shuttle buses were available to provide connecting service through the affected area.

An EMS Plan I and still-and-box alarm was called. At least five ambulances were sent to the scene. Street traffic was being rerouted in the area, as well, to accommodate emergency vehicles.

The EMS plan was secured at 10:30 a.m.

According to unconfirmed dispatch reports, there was a small break fire on a train that was stalled in the subway tunnel in that area.

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