B and C Trains Suspended Amid 145th Street Track Fire, Officials Say

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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 MTA has also ordered three vacuum trains created to collect and clear garbage. "A woman is having a panic attack and they will not open the doors", Twitter user @TLCherri tweeted.

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.

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