CHICAGO (CBS) — Loop ‘L’ trains were halted for some time Wednesday afternoon due to a fire on the tracks, potentially affecting thousands of commuters.
The Fire Department reported that the fire broke out on the tracks near Adams Street and Wabash Avenue. A photo from the window of a train showed orange flames raging at one spot along the tracks.
The Chicago Transit Authority said Pink, Orange, Brown, Green, and Purple Line Express lines were standing as of 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, with some trains stuck near Roosevelt Road. Photos also showed a Green Line train standing on the tracks at Wabash Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.
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The Fire Department told CBS 2 it did not know what caused the fire on tracks, and it could have been anything like paper or garbage.
Firefighters were called to the scene at 3:42 p.m. and had the fire out 14 minutes later.
By just before 4 p.m., trains were again moving, but with delays. The CTA advised commuters to allow for extra travel time.
Please continue to allow extra travel time as we work to fully resume service. Listen for announcements in case your train is sent express while we work to get trains (and capacity) spaced back out, clear congestion that may form and get all back to normal as quickly as possible.
— cta (@cta) August 28, 2019