Red Line fire between Harvard and Alewife, Saturday 12/18/04

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Red Line fire between Harvard and Alewife, Saturday 12/18/04

Postby Ron Newman » Fri Dec 24, 2004 8:19 am

from yesterday's Somerville Journal:

MBTA: Sparks from train started fires halting Red Line
By Erin Dower
Thursday, December 23, 2004

Red Line trains from Park Street northward were temporarily shut down and evacuated Saturday afternoon following a series of small trash fires along the Red Line between Harvard Square and Alewife.

     Somerville firefighters had to deactivate fire alarms and shut down power at the Davis Square MBTA station.

     Somerville Fire Department engines 1, 6 and 7, Tower 1 and Ladder 3 responded at 4:01 p.m. to reports of a heavy smoke condition on the platform level of the station at 11 College Ave. The smoke was reportedly caused by sparks that flew from the undercarriage of a Red Line train, which ignited trash at various points along the tracks between Harvard Square and Alewife.

     No injuries were reported.

     Somerville's Engine 6 crew entered the train tunnel under Davis Square to investigate and ordered the power to be shut off and the trains to stop running.

     Engine 1 entered the tunnel through a hatch at Cameron Avenue, and Engine 7 entered through a hatch on Summer Street in order to activate fans to disseminate the smoke.

     After the smoke cleared, MBTA technicians walked along the tracks between Alewife and Harvard Square and reported that the train that caused the fire had been removed from the tunnel at Alewife Station and fires along the tracks had all been extinguished.

     The Somerville fire companies reportedly left the scene at 4:40 p.m. and allowed power and train travel to resume.
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