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Electrical Fire Triggers Evacuation At A New York City Subway Station

The 181st Street station was filled with smoke Friday afternoon after an electrical fire broke out. The situation is under control, FDNY said.

Posted on November 7, 2014, at 3:13 p.m. ET

The 181st Street subway stop in Manhattan was evacuated Friday afternoon after it was filled with smoke.

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said there was an electrical fire on a train.

MAN ALL HANDS 181 ST, (IND A) ELECTRICAL FIRE ON TRAIN,

FDNY@FDNYFollow

MAN ALL HANDS 181 ST, (IND A) ELECTRICAL FIRE ON TRAIN,

3:03 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

An FDNY spokesperson told BuzzFeed News there was a call of "light smoke conditions" at 181 St. station. The fire broke out at around 2:20 p.m. Gothamist reported. There were no injuries. He said the operation had concluded.

An MTA spokesperson said that the smoke appeared to have emanated from a transformer and did not involve a train.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the MTA said there was no indication of an explosion. Power was turned off by the FDNY and the smoke condition was under control.

Eyewitnesses tweeted that there were explosions and chemical-like smells on the A train.

JUST about to take the A at 181 when I saw everyone run out of the station for their lives. Something exploded; smelled very chemical-like.

Matt Hawkins@FortNinetyFollow

JUST about to take the A at 181 when I saw everyone run out of the station for their lives. Something exploded; smelled very chemical-like.

2:22 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@LissaB99: @Lin_Manuel take the escalater” not a joke. Tons of smoke and a soft boom sound on the way out. Stay safe all.

Lin-Manuel Miranda@Lin_ManuelFollow

@LissaB99: @Lin_Manuel take the escalater not a joke. Tons of smoke and a soft boom sound on the way out. Stay safe all.

2:22 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Woman told me a train car caught on fire, then another. People were jumping out and ran onto the tracks, panicking. Sounds like total bedlam

Matt Hawkins@FortNinetyFollow

Woman told me a train car caught on fire, then another. People were jumping out and ran onto the tracks, panicking. Sounds like total bedlam

2:26 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Take the 1 train. If you're headed uptown on the A, get off.

Lin-Manuel Miranda@Lin_ManuelFollow

Take the 1 train. If you're headed uptown on the A, get off.

2:32 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Not sure if anyone was seriously hurt; get the impression that everyone’s shaken but ok. Glad people were able to pry open the sealed doors

Matt Hawkins@FortNinetyFollow

Not sure if anyone was seriously hurt; get the impression that everyones shaken but ok. Glad people were able to pry open the sealed doors

2:30 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The MTA canceled A train services on some routes due to "FDNY activity."

#ServAdv: b/d no #A trains between 207 St to 145 St, due to FDNY activity at 181 St. Allow additional travel time.

NYCT Subway Service@NYCTSubwayFollow

#ServAdv: b/d no #A trains between 207 St to 145 St, due to FDNY activity at 181 St. Allow additional travel time.

2:51 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Service was restored before 5 p.m. ET

#ServAdv: Following an earlier incident at 181 St, #A and #C train service has resumed with residual delays.

NYCT Subway Service@NYCTSubwayFollow

#ServAdv: Following an earlier incident at 181 St, #A and #C train service has resumed with residual delays.

4:40 PM - 07 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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