DeKalb Station Survives Fire

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By Paul Bisceglio A fire beneath a subway tunnel just north of DeKalb Avenue station caused line delays and closures Tuesday evening. The two-alarm blaze began around 3 p.m., and was caused by a shorted cable beneath a manhole, according to FDNY. Authorities removed power from the station as firefighters arrived on the scene to extinguish the flames. "The firefighters were battling a blaze that was so deep in the tunnel, they could barely see," said [ABC's Traffic Center]( "It was so hot, so smoky down there, that some firefighters were overcome by it, needed oxygen when they got out, and all of them needed to cool off after a fire ripped through the afternoon rush hour." DeKalb is a Brooklyn transportation hub, so the B, D, F, N, Q and R lines were all affected: M.T.A. paused all B, D, N, Q and R service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, and redirected the F line. FDNY declared the fire under control at 6:17 p.m., though service irregularities lasted into the night. Everything was back to normal this morning. According to an M.T.A. spokesperson, no injuries or trapped straphangers were reported.

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