The Patch - February 09, 2019
LOWER EAST SIDE — A fire broke out on the F train tracks in lower Manhattan Friday morning, causing a mess for commuters on multiple subway lines, transit and fire officials said.
The FDNY responded to a fire on the tracks between Houston Street and Broadway around 8:30 and had the blaze under control by 9:26, an FDNY spokesman said. The fire did not cause any injuries.
Smoke from the fire enveloped the Second Avenue Station on the F line, according to the MTA and subway passengers posting on social media. All F and M trains were rerouted to the C line and delayed, the MTA said on Twitter, with no F train service at some stations on the Lower East Side.
"The smoke was evident the moment we pulled into the 2nd Avenue station where the F train runs through. The conductor opened doors to let passengers out but consequentially letting in smoke/odor which carried with us until I exited @ York st," Anabel Sosa wrote on Twitter.
While firefighters were operating on the train tracks, F train passengers were left stalled in stations.
"They said that FDNY is on the scene to 'extinguish the cause of the smoke condition' which I guess is a less alarming way to say something is on fire," @Anna_Snackz said on Twitter.
Reporters on scene at the Second Avenue and Houston Street F train station shared videos that showed smoke coming from the station entrance up to the street level.
The MTA restored power and service to the F and M lines around 9:50 a.m., the transit agency announced on social media. Passenger should expect "extensive delays," according to the announcement.