Huge fire disrupts metro service in NY

Laura Christensen
June 2, 2016

That means more trains were running during rush hour.

Commuters reported crowded cars as trains ran on a weekend schedule Wednesday and Thursday, after suspending service during and immediately after the blaze Tuesday evening.

Tuesday night's fire on Park Avenue left only two of the four tracks open. A third track has been reopened and the fourth track was expected to be reopened by Friday's morning rush.

NY and Connecticut's Metro-North Railroad says it will be resuming normal service Friday after completing temporary repairs to a section of an elevated track damaged in a fire.

An East Harlem garden store that was badly damaged in a fire Tuesday night was storing flammable materials without proper permits, according to a report in DNAInfo.

Crews were installing six temporary steel columns until permanent repairs could be made.

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This is the first attempt at running a normal train schedule since fire under elevated tracks in East Harlem forced the railroad to shut down two of its four tracks into and out of Grand Central Terminal.

FDNY officials said on Wednesday that the cause of the fire was fuel that was accidentally spilled onto a hot generator during a refueling.

"Customers should continue to expect delays and crowded conditions on Thursday and, if at all possible, are encouraged to work from home or find alternate travel plans", Metro-North said.

A train information board displays a delay alert for Metro-North trains at Grand Central Terminal, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in NY. On Wednesday, packed trains were delayed up to an hour and a half. An estimated 150,000 passengers endured overcrowded, slow commutes on Wednesday.

Commuters are advised to check the Metro-North website for updates.

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