No one injured as fire breaks out on Metra train leaving Union Station

The fire was located in the train’s front engine, the fire department said.

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Metra ridership is slowly increasing after a major decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A fire in the engine compartment of an Metra train was extinguished Thursday afternoon as it was leaving Union Station.

No injuries were reported after firefighters were called about 7 p.m. for reports of a fire south of the station near Van Buren Street, the Chicago Fire Department said in a tweet. The fire was put out shortly after.

The train, Metra outbound train 1285, was evacuated safely, although one person was being evaluated by paramedics, a fire department spokesman said.Initial reports indicatedthe fire was “on top” of the engine car.

Inbound and outbound trainsbegan moving by7:40 p.m., Metra said in a tweet. Trains were running with delays.

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