Metro-North Train Service Resumes After Fire

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Black, billowing smoke could be seen as far away as Brooklyn as it rolled through the sky from the large fire under the 138th Street bridge. The burning pilings in the Harlem River sent orange flames shooting into air as FDNY boat units raced to the scene to douse the flames.

The fire, which began shortly before noon, brought Metro-North service to a standstill, but was under control in just under two hours after firefighters raced to contain the damage.

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Metro-North said regular rush-hour service resumed in and out of Grand Central Terminal on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

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Large crowds at Grand Central Terminal following the fire. (Photo/Juliet Papa)

The fire paralyzed Grand Central station with thousands of commuters trying to figure how to get home. With everyone being routed uptown by subway to pick up limited service at 168th street, Metro North riders were frustrated, CBS 2’s Mark Morgan reported.

“It’s a nightmare. I gotta find a way home and it’s going to be the subway I guess,” Bill Bridge of Norwalk, Connecticut said.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg also spoke with some commuters who were left stranded as fire officials battled the blaze.

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“They let everybody off here at Yankee Stadium,” one commuter said during the delays, “so we’re stuck.”

Some even decided to avoid plans in the city and headed home, including Aaron Tavarez, who was planning to go back to Ardsley.

“It’s very frustrating,” Tavarez said, “this is what anyone doesn’t want to hear – trains are not working.”

Everyday commuters were not the only ones affected. Morgan spoke to a group of tourists from Florida, who tried to take their delay in stride.

“We’re trying to get back to Orlando today for a flight out of White Plains,” Jeff Westphal said, “and we’re trying to figure out how to get to White Plains to get our flight.”

The Fire Department said the cause was not immediately known.

According to the The New York Times, reports suggested a blown transformer at the base of the bridge may have sparked the fire.

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  • ACL

    Trains are now back on schedule running into and out of GCT… Just spoke to someone at the Station Master’s Office

  • Ca

    There has not been a #9 train in years. Where ahve you been? Its the #1.

  • Mike C

    It’s a brilliant move to put everybody at Yankee Stadium at rush hour when the Yankees have a home game at 7:05. New Haven line people – Amtrak to Stamford or Bridgeport may be a much better solution for you, and then take a train to your station. Of course, that would depend on Metro North actually saying if there will be any trains running between stations

  • Riverlinejoe

    Attention Metro North: Relieve crowding on the 4 and 5 train and have Hudson Line Customers take the 9 train to the Bronx and connect with MN trains at Marble Hill. This will take the Hudson line customers out of the picture at Yankee Stadium Station.

  • Jamie

    Will there be any shuttle buses in Connecticut that will go into New York?

    • Daniel padovano

      Take the BxM4C on Madison Avenue to White Plains $7.50; they take MetroCard,
      At White Plains, take a bus or walk to the TransCentre opposite the White Plains trains staion and take the I-BUS to Stamford RRStation.
      BxM4C picks up on madison at 26, 32, 47, 54, 63, 70, 84 and 99. Call 914-813-7777. The I-BUS can be googled at I-BUS or CDOT I-BUS. Good luck

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  • Terry

    Can you let us know if they are having alternate services to get back to the city?

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