Fire Paralyses Six Mexico City Metro Stations

Photo: Metro CDMX


A fire Saturday, Jan. 9, at an electrical substation of the Mexico City Metro caused the closing of six lines, affecting thousands of passengers.

Mexico City Claudia Sheinbaum said a policewoman lost her life in the incident and at least 30 people were injured.

“An assessment of the damage is currently being conducted,” Sheinbaum said.

“The Federal Electricity Commission (FRE) is supporting us. We still do not have information on when service will be reestablished.”

The mayor said that it is probable that the fire started due to a failure in the transformers.

“At the moment, lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are suspended until further notice, since the control centers for these six metro lines are located in the same building,” she said.

Authorities are using vehicles from other transportation lines, such as the Metrobus, as well as vehicles from the Secretariat of Citizen Security, to transport thousands of users to their destinations.

Sheinbaum said this is the first time service has been suspended on so many of the capital’s metro lines.

The Mexico City Metro transports about 6 million people every day, according to official data.

…Jan. 11, 2021

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