Red Line catches on fire again
Firefighters rushed to Downtown Crossing, where some sort of smouldering fire burned on the Alewife tracks just past the station.
The fire was reported around 10:35 p.m. Firefighters were unable to get onto the tracks until around 11:10 p.m., however, because the T didn't shut power on the tracks until then. At one point, firefighters who thought the T had already stopped trains toward Alewife were surprised to see a train pull into the station. Once firefighters got onto the tracks, they extinguished the small fire within a few minutes.
This was at least the Red Line's second track fire today; service was halted around 1:40 p.m. after paper on the tracks caught fire near Harvard.
Other Downtown Crossing fires: