PIKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Fire on the rails at a Baltimore County metro station. It was confusion and chaos for some passengers in the middle of Wednesday night’s rush hour.
Kai Jackson has more on the emergency.
The fire caused more disruption than damage.
Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the Old Court metro station in Pikesville Wednesday. The MTA says a fire on the rails stopped trains in their tracks.
Employees on the train alerted riders.
“She said something about the track being caught on fire and of course what are you supposed to do but just sit there? You can’t jump out the window,” said one rider.
It happened around 5:15 p.m. during the height of the rush hour ride home. The fire stranded a train on the tracks. The MTA says those passengers were taken off the train, and for a period of time, the MTA used a single track to move train travelers.
“That fire was extinguished by our facility maintenance workers. We aren’t sure of what caused the fire; that’s under investigation right now. We can tell you no one was hurt during the incident,” said Terry Owens, MTA spokesperson.
The MTA says the track fire did cause delays but it wasn’t long before things were running again.
However, some passengers complain it took the MTA too long to inform passengers and move to an emergency plan.
“People were definitely wondering what is going on. People started to stand up and started to ask the conductor what is going on,” said passenger Ryan Nash.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.