MTA worker killed in suspicious Harlem subway fire: police

MTA worker killed in suspicious Harlem subway fire

An MTA train operator was killed in a suspicious Harlem subway fire on March 27, 2020, police said.

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HARLEM, Manhattan — An MTA worker was killed and up to 17 others were possibly injured when fire broke out on a subway train near a Harlem station just north of Central Park early Friday, the FDNY said.

“We are devastated by this. This is a hard moment for New York City Transit,” said Sarah Feinberg, Interim President of NYCT, at a press conference Friday.

According to the MTA and police, at around 3:15 a.m. as a northbound No. 2 train was pulling into the 110th Street/Lenox Avenue station, an MTA employee riding the train alerted the conductor to heavy smoke and fire coming from the second car.

Large, dark cloud of heavy smoke could be seen billowing out of subway grates at the street level early Friday.

The conductor and MTA employee successfully evacuated passengers from the train and off the platform, MTA officials said.

Passengers and crew from a second train, behind the train with the fire, were also evacuated, but through the tunnel and out of an emergency exit.

After the fire, the 36-year-old conductor who had helped get people to safety was found on the tracks and pronounced dead at the scene, Deputy Chief Brian McGee said at the press conference Friday.

McGee said the NYPD are investigating any connection to several other fires at nearby subway stations, including two on subway platforms at 86th and 96th streets earlier Friday morning, and a street-level fire by the 116th Street station reported later Friday morning.

While the cause of deadly fire is not clear at this time, MTA officials said it is being investigated as a criminal matter.

The NYPD is asking witnesses to come forward and share any information they may have by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

The MTA and police refrained from identifying the conductor killed in the incident.

Twitter user @TripleG_RTO, a fellow MTA train conductor, shared a shocking photo showing what he says is the inside of the train car after the fire.

Authorities initially said 17 other people suffered injuries, including a train conductor and five firefighters; MTA officials later said the number of injured was unclear. The extent of the injuries is also not currently known.

Watch the MTA’s Friday press conference in full below:

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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