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Metra UP-W trains delayed by freight train fire in Lombard

A Union Pacific freight train locomotive caught fire shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Lombard Fire Department.

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Metra Union Pacific West trains were delayed Wednesday morning after a freight train caught fire in west suburban Lombard.

A Union Pacific locomotive caught fire shortly before 8 a.m., according to the Lombard Fire Department. The “locomotive failure” needed “minor extinguishing,” a fire department official said.

At least two Metra UP-W trains were canceled, Metra said in an alert. The commuter rail line said it would operate two extra trains from Villa Park and Elmhurst to Chicago.

Two tracks had been reopened by 8:40 a.m., Metra said.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific did not immediately reply to a request for comment.