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Trains out of North Station canceled after fire

Several commuter trains out of North Station were canceled this evening after a fire broke out in the MBTA commuter rail maintenance building, officials said.

Eight trains were canceled, said Scott Farmelant, MBCR spokesman.

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The fire broke out in a ceiling exhaust fan at the building on Third Avenue in Somerville at about 3 p.m., said a Somerville fire dispatcher. The flames were extinguished by 4:36 p.m. and the building was reopened.

The tracks outside the facility were completely shut down for about an hour. After 4 p.m., trains began running as usual, Farmelant said.

The building is the primary facility for repairing trains, said Farmelant.

An inbound and outbound train from each of the Fitchburg/South Acton line, the Haverhill line, the Lowell line, and the Newburyport/Rockport line were canceled, Farmelant said.

The MBTA website describes the cancellations as “due to fire.”

No peak hour services were affected, Farmelant said. No one was injured, and there was no structural damage to the building, he said.

The Somerville Fire Department is investigating.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at or on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.

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