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L train service resumes after manhole fire, MTA says

Passengers evacuated an L train at First Avenue after reports of a fire in the tunnel, the FDNY said. Photo Credit: @ajtebbenhawt via Twitter; Charles Eckert

There were two minor injuries, fire officials said.

Passengers evacuated an L train at First Avenue after reports of a fire in the tunnel, the FDNY said.
Passengers evacuated an L train at First Avenue after reports of a fire in the tunnel, the FDNY said. Photo Credit: AP / Evan Vucci

The L train resumed service roughly eight hours after a manhole fire erupted, the MTA said.

There was no train service between Eighth Avenue and Lorimer Street after the FDNY received calls about smoke along the L train line in Manhattan and Brooklyn around 9:17 a.m., officials said. Firefighters then determined that smoke was coming from a manhole near 14th Street and Avenue D. Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala said about 100 firefighters responded and the fire was brought under control by 10:50 a.m.

L train service was restored shortly after 5 p.m.

One civilian in Brooklyn and one firefighter in Manhattan had minor injuries, Gala said.

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