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L-train service resumes with extensive delays after track fire in Brooklyn subway tunnel

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — L-train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan has resumed with extensive delays Thursday following a morning electrical fire in the tunnel between First and Bedford Avenues, officials said.

Straphangers should check the MTA website before heading out Friday morning for lingering effects of the fire.

The FDNY extinguished the fire shortly before 11 a.m., officials said. No injuries have been reported.

Subway cars filled with smoke, according to passenger tweets. One straphanger said she was going to pull the emergency brake, but other passengers talked her out of it.

The MTA is advising commuters who use the L train in both directions to allow for additional travel time and to find alternative routes.

Customers are advised to use A, C or J service at Broadway Junction or B62 bus service to Queensboro Plaza for 7-train service to and from Manhattan.

Take the B62 bus service to/from the following stations for service:

  • Jay St-MetroTech A/C/F or R train service
  • Court Square for E/M or 7 train service
  • Marcy Avenue for J and M train service

Customers can transfer between the L and the M at Myrtle Avenue for service to Manhattan.

From Lorimer Street, take the G.

MTA officials say the smoke came from a manhole near 14th Street and Avenue D, but are still investigating what caused the fire.