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T officials say Red Line set to resume normal service

Fire damage near Broadway station repaired

The Red Line will return to normal service for the morning commute on Tuesday, after a fire on Saturday night in a tunnel near the Broadway stop forced the closing of several stations, an MBTA official said.

Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the T, wrote in an e-mail on Monday night that regularly scheduled service would resume “first thing tomorrow morning.”

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“We thank our customers for their patience,” he said.

Buses had replaced train service between the JFK/UMass and Park Street stations while crews worked to replace and repair damaged electrical and communications cables.

“The damage is extensive, and the work is complex,” Pesaturo said on Sunday. “Crews are working tirelessly to have the Red Line fully functional for the Tuesday morning commute.”

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and entered the tunnel after power to the tracks was cut a short time later, according to a spokesman for the Boston Fire Department.

The T posted photos on its official Twitter feed on Sunday and Monday of crews at work in the damaged tunnel.

One photo on Monday showed a worker near badly damaged cables, and an accompanying message read, “Here’s a glimpse @ some of [the] wire work #MBTA crews are handling. They’re working hard to get RedLine back for tomorrow.”

Globe correspondent Anne Steele contributed to this report. Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.ander
sen@globe.com
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