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Fire on CTA Blue Line tracks — 150 evacuated

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Updated: January 11, 2014 6:45AM



A fire started under a CTA Blue Line train Friday night, forcing the evacuation of 150 passengers.

The fire broke out on the track level underneath an O’Hare-bound Blue Line train about 9 p.m. near the Rosemont station, said CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.

Chicago firefighters extinguished the fire “quite quickly,” but fire officials decided to evacuate the passengers who were on the train, Lukidis said.

Fire Media Affairs called the incident a “relatively small fire” and said flames and smoke did not enter the train car.

Officials evacuated 150 passengers from the train, according to Fire Media Affairs.

The passengers were picked up by a shuttle bus, Lukidis said. She was not notified of any injuries.

Blue Line trains headed toward O’Hare are going as far as the Jefferson Park stop, where shuttle buses will transport riders the rest of the way. Full train service was restored by 2:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the CTA.



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