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NYC Fire Affects Metro North Service

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Update as of 2:35 P.M.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Metro-North has resumed train service in and out of Grand Central Terminal following a fire underneath a bridge.

The railroad is reporting scattered delays of up to 15 minutes.Two of the four tracks on the 138th Street bridge have now been restored.

The railroad says it is still assessing damage on the remaining tracks and its impact, if any, on the evening rush-hour.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Earlier:

NEW YORK (AP) _ A large fire under a bridge sent billowing smoke over New York and shut down commuter rail service between Manhattan and the northern suburbs on Monday, leaving evening rush-hour service in doubt for some 135,000 commuters.

No injuries were reported.

Television images showed pilings on fire in the Harlem River under the 138th Street lift bridge and FDNY marine units hitting the fire with water. Huge orange flames were visible, and plumes of white and black smoke billowed over the river and East Harlem.

The fire began shortly before noon and was declared under control around 1:30 p.m. The Fire Department said the cause was not immediately known.

A railroad spokeswoman, Marjorie Anders, said it could take hours to inspect the bridge for damage.

Riders leaving the city were taking the subway to the Yankee Stadium area for connections north; several subway alternatives were available for southbound commuters.

Suburban commuters have had a tough go of it recently. The Long Island Rail Road suffered a week of service disruptions following an Aug. 23 fire in Jamaica, Queens, that damaged a switching system. On Thursday evening, a storm left downed trees on the tracks, causing LIRR suspensions.
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