A sparking of an extra-alarm fire on an underground CTA line is reported to have injured 19 people. The people were rushed to hospitals for smoke inhalation and respiratory problems.
Investigation was initiated immediately after the incident to look for the reason behind the alarm sparking.
"The smoke was so thick you couldn't see across the aisle. We all started to sit down on the floor where the smoke wasn't as bad", posted passenger Dillon Johnson, 23
The reports have uncovered that five people had serious injuries. The injured included a 10-year-old boy, who was admitted at Children's Memorial Hospital overnight for smoke inhalation.
The fire broke out in the Railroad ties present underground just before 5 p.m. on the northbound track between the Red Line stops at Chicago Avenue and Clark/Division.
Consequently, the subway service to the Red Line was paralyzed and trains and several bus routes were redirected to the system's elevated tracks, the Chicago Transit Authority claimed.
The time firefighters managed to placate the fire at 6:18 p.m.
By 8 p.m., service was resumed on both the Red Line's northbound and southbound routes. However, it is would not be appropriate to post any comment whether the damage will affect Monday morning commuters or not.