A reported fire on a freight train has caused delays on the CTA's Red Line near 63rd Street in the Englewood neighborhood, officials said.
According to the CTA website, Red Line trains bypassed the 63rd Street station because of fire activity in the area. Trains were stopping at the station again by about 4:30 p.m., according to the website.
The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. and no injuries have been reported, Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.
A fire started on the engine of train, prompting a Level I Hazardous Materials incident, Fire Department spokesman Will Knight said. The fire was out and the hazardous material alarm secured by 4 p.m., he said. Knight did not know immediately if a hazardous substance leaked.
The fire was confined to the Norfolk Southern locomotive's smoke stack, where residue buildup apparently led to the fire, and no other part of the locomotive was affected, said Robin Chapman, spokesman for the railroad. The train was able to move on soon after the fire was extinguished.
One southbound express lane on the Dan Ryan was closed for about 20 minutes because of the fire, Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sgt. A. Mollo said. It was reopened at 4:15 p.m. “It was not a major incident,’’ Mollo said.
Officers are blocking off the intersection of 63rd Street and Wentworth Avenue, O’Brien said. The situation is not affecting Metra service, according to a spokeswoman.Copyright © 2015, RedEye