Fire at Southport Train Station

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Fire at Southport Train Station

Post by MikeSFD » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:20 am

Overnight a major fire broke out at the Southport Train Station in Fairfield CT on the New Haven Line. From my sources the station seems to be heavily damaged with major structural issues.

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Post by Erie-Lackawanna » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:26 am

Due to ice accumulation throughout the westbound station area, there will be no westbound service at Southport this morning, until such time as things can be cleaned up and made safe. Eastbound service on track 4 will stop as usual.

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Southport Train Station Fire

Post by MikeSFD » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:00 am

Further reports indicate significant damage to the building and the parking lots are all closed for that station.

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Post by Clean Cab » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:42 am

It sucks that another classic New Haven Railroad station has been destroyed. Thankfully no one was injured, but it did create a lot of delays for the late night trains though.
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Post by BERK44 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:18 am

What a shame. I just saw it on the news. The building is still standing but gutted. The Fire Dept reported fire showing out of every window upon their arrival. :(

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Post by Clean Cab » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:24 am

Arson you think? For a buliding to be so totally engulfed like that it would tend to inidcate a deliberately set fire.
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Post by BERK44 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:09 am

It could be anything. The Fire Investigator will thoroughly search for the cause of the fire. As for the volume of fire. Building construction, contents, discovery and reporting of the fire, and response time all factor in the growth and spread of the fire.

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Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:46 am

Guess that takes it off my stations thread. :( A terrible shame, but the old classic stations I think by design are prone to this.

Although who knows what the cause is, this isn't the first station to burn. Woodlawn, Mt. Vernon East just to my recollection.
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Post by Murjax » Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:58 am

What a shame, I'm sure this caused a few traffic probelms this morning and I'm sure Fairfield and Greens Farms were packed. At this point, there is no word on how long the westbound track will be closed but hopefully it's back up by tomorrow morning.

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Post by Murjax » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:04 pm

Has the station been reopened yet? I haven't heard anything from Metro North and their previous service alert on the website is gone.

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Post by kitn1mcc » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:59 pm

yeah it was a nice ol building
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Post by Erie-Lackawanna » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:40 pm

Two carlengths of the westbound platform are back in service. However, there are no TVMs available (station fare being charged on board) and no public address system (hope we don't have to left-hand any trains the next few days....).

There were delays to two MNR trains last night. Not the stuff of an e-mail alert.

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Post by SwingMan » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:37 am

Its a darn shame that such a nice, original building, could burn so helplessly in the cold morning darkness :( .


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Post by Clean Cab » Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:35 am

Unfortunately, old buildings made entirely out of wood can become bonfires real quick. I've heard that the station will be rebuilt.
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Post by Travelsonic » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:04 pm

capecodlocoguy wrote:Unfortunately, old buildings made entirely out of wood can become bonfires real quick..
Case-in-point (though offtopic in relation to the station): The old lodge at the former Action Park water park in Vernon, NJ, burned down 2 years after the park closed (which was in '96), but unlike this train station, it was far newer, but was kept in such a condition where it could have gone up in flames earlier, and thankfully didn't since that place was allegedly quite packed (with people), which would have resulted in more than structural devestation.

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