B, D, N, Q and R Subway Lines Delayed After Fire

By Chelsia Rose MarciusElizabeth Hagen and Julie Shapiro  on August 14, 2012 5:37pm  | Updated on August 14, 2012 7:32pm

Commuters at the DeKalb Ave. stop.
Commuters at the DeKalb Ave. stop.
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NEW YORK CITY — Burning cables at Brooklyn's Dekalb Avenue Station caused transit headaches during Tuesday's evening rush.

The two-alarm fire shut down train service over the Manhattan Bridge, halting all N, Q, R, D and B trains between Manhattan and Brooklyn for three hours, according to the MTA's website.

The fire broke out just before 4:30 p.m. on the tracks at Dekalb Avenue, drawing more than 100 firefighters to the station, the FDNY said.

The fire was under control at 6:15 p.m., and no one was injured, the FDNY said.

All trains resumed service by 7:30 p.m., but the MTA advised straphangers to expect delays into the evening.

During the rush-hour shutdown, frustrated straphangers packed onto platforms waiting for trains that didn't arrive.

"I haven't gotten stuck like this in years," said Anita Postyn, who spent an hour getting from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn. "There are no signs. No help. You can't hear the announcements."

Alice Zy, 19, was upset that she was going to be late to her boyfriend's birthday party in Flushing, Queens.

"I want to kill someone," Zy said. "You're obviously not going to get on the train. There are old people, children, just getting knocked over. Why are you even trying?"

Olga Lukasheva, who was trying to get home to Brighton Beach, said she was "shocked" by the service disruption and the lack of clear communication.

"I'm really really really mad, because how much do we pay for this?" she said. "More often than not, there's no explanation."

The MTA notified passengers to expect delays on the B, D, F, N, Q and R lines.

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