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Published in Trains magazine, Railfan & Railroad, Passenger Train Journal

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tom Kominski via WCBS New York

An auto parts store burst into flames Wednesday afternoon in New York City, forcing Amtrak to hold some trains in the clear until after the danger passed. The site was adjacent to the approach to Hell Gate Bridge in the Bronx. Amtrak said eight trains, including four that turned back to Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station, were delayed. Passengers were being bused to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Trains were running as scheduled by late evening, though the fire was still burning. The AP reported more than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze at Apex Used Auto Parts. Three minor injuries, all related to smoke inhalation, were reported. The cause of the fire had not been identified.

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