Fire in Subway Tunnel, CTA Trains Stopped

A fire that started near the train tracks in a subway tunnel where the CTA’s Blue Line runs has been extinguished in the Logan Square neighborhood Sunday morning on the Northwest Side.

About 8:20 a.m. a fire at the tracks caused smoke in the subway near the Logan Square station, according to CTA spokeswoman Wanda Taylor. That station is located at 2620 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to CTA's website.

Chicago Fire Department firefighters put out the fire, Taylor said at 9:25 a.m., and no injuries were reported. But train service is still affected in the area.

“The power was shut off. We are not operating trains between Jefferson Park and Damen,’’ Taylor said.

The small fire had something to do with the electrified third rail, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight.

At 9:40 a.m. the still and box alarm for the fire and an EMS Plan I, which sent five ambulances to the scene, were canceled, according to Knight, who confirmed no one was hurt. The alarm and ambulance plan were initially called at 8:27 a.m.

Taylor said passengers on two trains had to be unloaded, but only one train was in the tunnel at the time. Those customers were able to exit by getting off at the platform and using the station. No one had to be walked through the tunnel, she said.

Power remains shut down in both directions between the Jefferson Park and Damen stations and the shuttle remains in effect between those stations, according to Taylor.

It was not known how the fire started, but it remains under investigation. 

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