Fire in Toronto subway station forces evacuations
August 6, 1997
Web posted at: 10:46 p.m. EDT (0246 GMT)
TORONTO (CNN) -- An electrical fire erupted Wednesday night in Toronto's subway system, sending clouds of acrid smoke billowing throughout a station and forcing the evacuation of between 60 and 100 people. No one was seriously injured, but dozens were treated for smoke inhalation.
The blaze apparently started in a pile of track ties stored in a transit yard near the Donlands station, according to the Toronto Transit Commission. The smoke spread through the subway tunnels to the station.
All passengers and subway personnel were evacuated from the station, transit officials said. About 40 people were treated for minor smoke inhalation.
Part of the subway system was closed while firefighters brought the fire under control. It was not clear when full service would be restored. Streets surrounding the Donlands stations were closed temporarily to all but emergency vehicles.
Reuters and CBC contributed to this report.
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