Metro-North expected to resume Wednesday after East Harlem fire suspends service

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EAST HARLEM, Manhattan  — Metro-North is expected to run on an alternate schedule Wednesday morning after a large fire underneath an East Harlem train suspended service.

Service will remain suspended throughout Tuesday night, according to MTA officials. Metro-North is expected to run on a Saturday schedule as crews work to repair the damage caused by the fire.

"Should conditions improve overnight, then the level of train service will be gradually increased for the AM rush. Customers should continue to check the website and news media for any updates & listen for announcements at stations," the MTA said.

The fire broke out around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday underneath the tracks at Park Avenue and E. 118th Street.  By 8 p.m., the fire reached four-alarms.

Firefighters knocked the flames down just after 8 p.m.

Smoke and flames were seen billowing from miles away. The fire involves debris from a construction trailer.

Photos posted to social media show hundreds of commuters standing around the already busy Grand Central Terminal, waiting for information about their train line.

The MTA will be cross-honoring all tickets while train service is suspended.

On the Hudson Line, train service is being provided between Yankees-E. 153rd Street Station and Marble Hill Station to points north. Customers should take an uptown 4 or D train to 161st Street-Yankee Stadium. Customers can also take the Grand Central Shuttle and transfer to an uptown 1 train to 225 Street-Marble Hill.

Customers riding the Harlem Line can take an uptown 5 train to E. 180th Street and transfer to Wakefield-241st Street.

For the New Haven Line, train service is being provided from Woodlawn Station to points east and from Stamford to New Haven. Customers should take an uptown 5 train to E. 180 Street and transfer to a 2 train to 233 Street.

The MTA website will be providing updates for train service.

No injuries have been reported.

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