Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fire on tracks near Newton MRT station causes MRT disruption on North-South line

Fire on electrical wiring about 5 metres away from the Newton MRT station platform at 9 am caused yet another MRT disruption today. There were delays North-South line between Woodlands MRT and Marina Bay MRT stations until the train service has resumed at 11.20 am. SCDF extinguished the fire using extinguishers and a small quantity of foam.

Newton MRT station was filled with smoke at about 8.50am and commuters were evacuated from smoke-filled Newton MRT station:

STOMPer Victor saw commuters being evacuated after Newton MRT station was filled with smoke at about 8.50am today (Feb 13). An SMRT spokesperson said that a cable had caught fire at the station's tunnel, disrupting northbound train services between Newton and Toa Payoh.

The video sent by the STOMPer show Newton MRT station filled with smoke, and commuters were leaving the station in an orderly manner.
Source : Commuters evacuated from smoke-filled Newton MRT station after fire on tracks

Newton MRT Station was filled with smoke after a fire started on MRT tracks.
Photo - Stomp
Here is what SMRT (spokesman) said about the incident:

"At around 9.05am, northbound service between Newton and Toa Payoh stations was disrupted due to a fire caused by a traction power cable supplying electricity to the third rail on the northbound track. No one was injured.

"Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was immediately activated, and the fire was extinguished at 10.06am. Our technicians are working with the police and SCDF to ensure that the track is safe before we resume full service, estimated to be around 11.30am. 

"In the meantime, free bus bridging services have been activated between Newton and Toa Payoh stations, with the first bus arriving at Newton station at 9.37am. 

"At 10.05am, northbound service from Marina Bay to Toa Payoh was interrupted to facilitate access to the site for the removal of the damaged cable. Free bus bridging services were also extended to ply between Marina Bay and Toa Payoh stations. 

"Southbound service was unaffected. 

"We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and are doing our best to recover full train services as quickly as possible."

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