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    South Station track fire causes Red Line delays for morning commuters

    Commuters can expect significant delays on the Red Line on Thursday morning.
    Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
    Commuters can expect significant delays on the Red Line on Thursday morning.

    There were significant delays on the Red Line for the early Thursday morning commute after a track fire at South Station slowed service, according to the MBTA.

    In a 7 a.m. tweet, the T said there would be 20- to 30-minute delays in both directions, but it soon sent a second tweet saying the fire was extinguished and downgrading the delays to 15 or 20 minutes. By 7:41 a.m., the T reported that normal service had resumed.

    MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail that trash on the tracks had caught fire and the flames were “quickly extinguished by an MBTA employee.”

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    The MBTA also said that a northbound train that had a mechanical problem at Park Street station was being taken out of service and sent southbound instead.

    Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.