TTC commuters evacuated mid-tunnel after fire at Dundas West station

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TTC commuters evacuated mid-tunnel after fire at Dundas West station


Some TTC passengers were forced to evacuate their train in the middle of a subway tunnel after a small fire at Dundas West station.

The train was heading west between Lansdowne and Dundas West stations when passengers had to be evacuated mid-tunnel.

The fire shut down subway service on Line 2 between Keele and Ossington stations for several hours Monday morning, with roughly 25 shuttle buses called in for rush hour.

“The incident at Dundas West was not necessarily due to weather,” TTC spokesperson Hayley Waldman said. “Everybody was safely evacuated from the tunnel.”

Waldman added that the power in that area of the tunnel was shut off as a safety measure while the evacuation was ongoing.

A video posted to Twitter by Tyler Patterson, a student at Humber College, shows people walking through the subway in a single-file line.

Speaking generally about mid-tunnel evacuations, “it’s something that’s happened before but it’s not something that happens with any regularity,” Waldman said.

TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said the agency has not yet determined the cause of the fire.

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Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas





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