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Fires on track force subway train to halt

SMALL flames on the track of a downtown Metro station disrupted two subway lines yesterday afternoon, forcing an incoming train to a sudden stop and delaying hundreds of passengers.

The incident occurred at the Jinshajiang Road Station of Metro Line 3 about 3:40pm when a train loaded with passengers suddenly stopped in front of several small flames on the track, witnesses said.

The train, coming from the Zhongshan Park Station, was halted for more than 15 minutes, with passengers trapped inside and a big crowd gathering at the station.

Passengers waiting for the train were ordered to leave the platform as the area was cordoned off until 4:10pm, when trains resumed.

The fire was put out by security guards at the station using fire-extinguishers before firefighters arrived, said a witness surnamed Wang, who works in a candy store at the station.

"The bunch of flames looked quite small as it was only about 10 centimeters tall," said Wang. "Heavy smoke rose up from the track when the guards tried to put it out."

Wang said she heard some station workers say that aging electric wires might have caused the fire.

Another witness who guarded the bicycle parking lot below the station told Shanghai Daily that he heard a loud sound like the train was suddenly braking hard, and then saw security guards rushing upstairs with fire extinguishers.

Shanghai Metro published an official announcement on its microblog on, saying that a train encountered some "equipment breakdowns."


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