CHICAGO (CBS) — Riders were forced to evacuate a Metra Train in Morton Grove at Lincoln and Ferris avenues Monday night.
Metra officials say the notification came in at 8:11 p.m. The train was originally stopped due to mechanical issues, which turned out to be the fire. Officials are still not sure of the scale of the fire.READ MORE: State Of Illinois Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Data Available For Long-Term Care Facility Residents And Staff
Passengers who were on board said the power went out, and they smelled smoke.
“We were on the train and all of a sudden all the power shut down, and they said they had some malfunction and they were going to try and fix it,” he said. “Five minutes later we smelled some smoke, and a cop came in from north side of the train and told us to evacuate. Got out and saw smoke. The engine was on fire. Still going twenty, thirty minutes later.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: A Sunny Start
Everyone evacuated the train and no injuries were reported.