Fire Under Harlem Bridge Extinguished, MTA Announces Alternate Metro-North Travel Routes

Monday, September 20, 2010

A MetroNorth train A MetroNorth train (Professor Bop/flickr)

A bulkhead caught fire at the Park Avenue Lift Bridge at 138th Street in Harlem, just under the Metro-North line Monday morning. Service was suspended in both directions out of Grand Central Station for about three hours, but service has now resumed.

The fire started at 11:38 Monday morning on a pier near the 138th Street bridge, according to the FDNY.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Mannix says the greatest challenge was setting up a hose long enough to reach the fire, because there weren't  many hydrants near the bridge. A marine unit was called in to help extinguish the fire. "We were setting up a long stretch of hose to supply the units on land, but thankfully the marine units got here fairly quickly and we were able to utilize them to get water on the fire," Manix says.

No injuries have been reported.

The MTA reports that the Office of Emergency Management says the cause of the fire is a transformer, but the FDNY says the cause is still under investigation.

It took firefighters nearly an hour to control the fire.

Metro-North is still assessing the damage. The fire was declared under control around 1:30 p.m.


Updated at 6:00 p.m.


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