Massive Bronx Fire Ties 2/5 Line in Knots
In their efforts to subdue a fierce five-alarm blaze this morning, New York’s Bravest took to the high ground using the elevated perch of the 225th Street Station house to pour powerful streams of water down on a row of burning storefronts on White Plains Road in the Wakefield section of the Bronx.
The smoky fire, which began in a garage on E. 226th Street, temporarily suspended and service north of East 180th Street, disrupting the rush-hour travel routines of thousands of transit riders who use the White Plains Road Line. Thick, gray smoke billowed up from the burning buildings, engulfing the station and spreading over the neighborhood. At the height of the blaze, the smoke was visible from Queens and could be smelled across the Harlem River in upper Manhattan.
Trains began bypassing the station at 6:42 a.m., and about 20 minutes later smoke had become so thick that service was suspended south to Gun Hill Road. At 8:25, the services suspension stretched from E. 241st Street to E. 180th Street. Smoke in the area remained heavy throughout the day, forcing the station to remain closed even after service resumed shortly after 9:45 a.m.
“The smoke is still too heavy to allow customers to board or alight here, so we will continue bypassing until it clears,” explained Chief Station Officer John Gaito, who was inspecting the station for damage early in the afternoon. “So far, I’ve seen two mesh screen panels punched out by firefighters so that they could deploy their hoses, but that will be repaired quickly.
Service resumed at the 225th Station at 4:28 p.m.