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Charges pending against man who set fire to book bag on Red Line train

CTA trains| Sun-Times file photo

CTA trains| Sun-Times file photo

A man was taken into custody Thursday night after setting a fire aboard a CTA Red Line train that stopped in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side.

Firefighters responded about 5:15 p.m. to the Red Line train after it was stopped at the Argyle station at 1118 W. Argyle, according to the Chicago Police and Fire departments.

The 28-year-old was taken into custody after he set a book bag on fire on the train, authorities said. He was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital for treatment and charges were pending against him.

A CTA employee was also taken to Weiss to receive treatment for smoke inhalation, police said. No passengers were injured.

A police officer was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries unrelated to the fire, police said.