Hundreds of agitated, sweaty NY subway goers squeezed into narrow hallways, stairways and turnstiles unable to even get to the platform since five lines stopped service from a fire at 145th Street.
An FDNY spokesperson reported that trash on the train tracks caught fire at about 7:25 a.m.
Nine people who suffered smoke inhalation were taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Harlem Hospital, officials said.
The M&E Line was already subject to diversions and delayed commutes due to the summer rehab work at New York Penn Station. The fire was contained by 9:30 a.m., but as a result of the incident there were no trains running on the alphabet line beyond 125th Street for a while.
Subway service was completely halted in both directions on the entire B and C lines, while A and D trains were not running in Upper Manhattan.
As a result of today's fire, there is now no A train service between 125th Street and Inwood-207th in both directions.
Some northbound D trains were terminating at 36th Street in Brooklyn, West 4th Street-Washington Square or 34th Street-Herald Square.
The MTA says all passengers that were stuck between stations were able to get off their trains and go to subway stations.