Weather Updates

CTA Red Line back to normal after subway rubbish fire

Updated: April 15, 2013 5:12PM

Red Line trains were rerouted Monday afternoon because of a small rubbish fire in a Loop subway, but normal service resumed prior to the evening rush.

Fire crews were called to the subway in the 100 block of North State Street about 3:25 p.m., according to dispatch reports. Power to the tracks was shut off, and firefighters were on the scene.

The fire turned out to be a small rubbish fire that was soon extinguished, according to Fire Media Affairs, which noted that it was “not a newsworthy event.”

It was put out by 3:40 p.m., according to dispatch reports. There were no reported injuries.

CTA Red Line subway trains were temporarily rerouted to the elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown, according to a CTA rider alert.

Trains had resumed normal service as of about 4:30 p.m., the transit agency said. Riders may encounter some residual delays.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.