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Old Mill subway fire causes rush hour chaos

By Emily Bowers
Toronto Star Staff Reporter

A westbound subway car burst into flames at Old Mill Station early today, closing the Bloor-Danforth line in both directions between Dundas West and Kipling.

The situation made for a chaotic morning commute, even though the Toronto Transit Commission laid on buses to bypass the problem. And the news doesn’t look much better for the homeward journey this afternoon.

The TTC says the Bloor line will be closed between those stations for about 24 hours as workers move the destroyed subway car from the tracks.

The train was being used for garbage pickup at stations along the Bloor-Danforth line. As it entered Old Mill at about 2 a.m. the train burst into flames. Old Mill station is at Bloor St. West and The Kingsway.

The cause of the fire is unknown and nobody was seriously hurt.

One TTC worker was rescued from the subway platform, checked at the scene by ambulance crew and released. Two people at the neighbouring Royal York station suffered from minor smoke inhalation.

After the fire, about 18 people on a train folllowing the garbage train, had to walk back along the subway tracks to the Jane St. station.

“It was so cold,” said passenger Paula Johnson of the 1.6 kilometre long walk.