Southbound Red Line trains running on elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak due to rubbish fire near Roosevelton December 3, 2020 at 2:59 am

A Loop Red Line station filed with smoke Wednesday evening, disrupting Red Line service and sending southbound trains onto elevated tracks between the Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown stations officials said.

The smoke was caused by a rubbish fire before 5:50 p.m. in the subway near 15th Street and Clark Street, according to the Chicago fire department. Chicago police and firefighters responded to the incident at the Roosevelt stop, and extinguished the fire about 6:10 p.m.

About 7 p.m., firefighters evacuated one Red Line train near 23rd Street.

There was moderate smoke at the Roosevelt station but no injuries were reported, according to fire officials.

Service was initially suspended in both directions between the Fullerton and Garfield stations for over an hour. Howard-bound trains resumed their normal route about 8:35 p.m., the CTA said.

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