100 evacuated as fire hits Metro train Electrical malfunction blamed

no one injured

September 04, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An electrical fire on a Metro train forced the evacuation of about 100 passengers last night at the underground Upton Station in West Baltimore, fire officials said.

No one was injured, the officials said.

The fire was detected about 8: 45 p.m. as the southbound train approached the Upton station, in the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Ave., the officials said.

Passengers smelled smoke as the eight-car train neared the Mondawmin station north of Upton, witnesses said. The smoke became visible when the train reached the Upton station, where it was stopped and passengers were ordered off as smoke filled the cars, fire officials said.

Steven Gibson, a Fire Department rescue commander, said the fire apparently was caused by an electrical malfunction in a converter beneath the last of the eight cars.

As soon as the train system's smoke alarms went off, Gibson said, vents opened to allow the smoke to be sucked out of the tunnels.

He said only the last car was damaged and that it was towed last night to the Wabash Avenue station for repairs.

Battalion Chief Edward Schaeffer said train traffic was rerouted so that northbound and southbound trains could remain in service after the fire.

Pub Date: 9/04/97

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