Fire sparks on Flatbush-bound subway tracks inside Downtown station

Flames on the track: Firefighters battled the blaze that erupted on the Flatbush-bound 2 and 3 tracks inside Hoyt Street station.
Photo by Colin Mixson

New York’s Bravest rushed to extinguish a fire inside Downtown’s Hoyt Street station on Monday, which sparked when equipment came in contact with metal debris on the tracks, according to officials.

Firefighters received a call about the blaze at 9:46 am, hightailing it to the station near Fulton Mall where they battled the flames on the Flatbush-bound 2 and 3 tracks as the operator of a stalled 2 train looked on a from a few feet away.

The responders took off roughly 40 minutes later, before fully extinguishing the flames, said a Fire Department spokesman, who added they exited so that Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers could kill power to the tracks in order to fully smother the fire.

And crews with the state-run transit agency restored service along the line by 10:44 am, about an hour after firefighters first arrived, according to spokeswoman Amanda Kwan, who said the blaze began after an insulator — a piece of equipment that protects the third rail — came in contact with metal debris.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Smoked out: The station filled with smoke as New York’s Bravest fought the fire.
Photo by Colin Mixson

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