Massive blaze breaks out under NYC metro in East Harlem (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The ‘four-alarm fire’ resulted in services to and through Grand Central being temporarily suspended.
Services will operate on a Saturday schedule until Friday while repairs are made, according to the latest MTA update.
Customers traveling into & out of GCT are experiencing delays of up to 30 - 60 mins due to congestion in the vicinity of Harlem 125th Street— Metro-North Railroad (@MetroNorth) May 18, 2016
The fire began in a garden center beneath the elevated train tracks in East Harlem when two construction trailers went up in flames, according to CBS New York.
No-one was injured in the blaze, but 10 cars caught fire and numerous nearby buildings were evacuated, FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard said at a news conference.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the site Tuesday night to assess the damage.
“The fire was so hot that they could hear the rivets; the bolts popping,” Cuomo said while he held a charred bolt in his hands, CBS reports. “This is an example of a bolt that popped, so it’s obvious that there was a certain amount of shifting of the steel.”
In 2014, a gas explosion caused two five-storey buildings in East Harlem to collapse, killing eight people. The incident also led to a temporary service suspension at the adjacent Metro North track while debris was cleared.