JAMAICA, Queens — A fire near Long Island Railroad tracks in Jamaica has caused the suspension of multiple lines Friday and is creating plumes of black smoke that can be seen for miles.
Flames broke out at a recycling plant about 1 p.m. near 187th Street and 90th Avenue, FDNY said. The blaze became a 5-alarm-fire just before 4:15 p.m.
FDNY says crews will spend Friday night and Saturday on the scene — which was still smoldering nine hours after it started at a trash and recycling facility on Hollis Avenue.
They hope to know what started it and brief the media over the weekend.
The Long Island Rail Road was running with some fifteen minute delays late Friday night. They’ll be inspecting the the area of the tracks, as well.
Normal service resumed on the Ronkonkoma Branch starting with the 7:45 p.m. train from Penn Station and on the Huntington/Pt Jefferson Branch starting with the 7:55 p.m. train from Penn Station.
LIRR tickets are being cross-honored on the New York City subway at Jamaica, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside stations.
During the evening commute, the LIRR will run extra trains from Penn Station to Babylon. At Babylon, riders will be able to connect to trains running to Hicksville, where there will be additional eastbound service to Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma.
Shuttle service is operating between Babylon and Hicksville, where riders can transfer for service between Hicksville and points east on the Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma branches, LIRR said, releasing a map of alternate service (embedded below).