NY - Cable Fire Disrupts Subway Service

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Cable fire disrupts subway service

Thursday, August 3, 2000

The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- An underground cable fire shut down some subway service between Manhattan and Brooklyn during Wednesday evening's rush hour, authorities said.

Service was suspended at 4:45 p.m. on the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains between Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge stop in Manhattan, said Bob Slovak of New York City Transit. Service was restored just before 8 p.m.

No injuries were reported. Three trains were stopped under the East River but none of the passengers had to be evacuated and the trains were later moved, Slovak said.

Heavy smoke could be seen pouring out of manholes and was filtering into the subway, Slovak said.

The fire was caused when underground power cables ignited inside an unstaffed communications chamber in Brooklyn, Slovak said.


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