Orange Line delayed as firefighters investigate reports of smoke at State Street

By Danny McDonald Globe Staff 

The public should expect 10 to 15 minute delays on the Orange Line after firefighters put out a small fire on the State Street station’s northbound tracks, according to an MBTA alert sent just before 10:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Trains may have to stand by while workers enter the track area, according to the alert.


Boston fire spokesman Marc Sanders said firefighters received a call around 10:04 p.m. reporting a small fire on the third rail at the T station.

The T had to shut down Orange Line service so that firefighters could put out the small blaze, he said.

The preliminary investigation suggests the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit, said Sanders. Debris was smoldering on the track when firefighters arrived. By 10:45 p.m., firefighters had put out the fire and cleared the station, but MBTA personnel were still on the scene, said Sanders.

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