The DNAinfo archives brought to you by WNYC.
Read the press release here.

Garbage Truck Catches Fire Under Metro-North Tracks in Latest Blaze at Site

By Teddy Grant | June 29, 2017 2:43pm | Updated on June 29, 2017 3:26pm
 An MTA worker was struck by a Metro-North train in East Harlem Monday, officials said.
An MTA worker was struck by a Metro-North train in East Harlem Monday, officials said.
View Full Caption

EAST HARLEM — A private garbage truck parked underneath the Metro-North tracks in Harlem caught fire Wednesday night, forcing the MTA to cut power to the trains, city and FDNY officials said.

The fire began around 11:20 p.m. at East 119 Street and Park Avenue, and it took firefighters nearly two hours to bring it under control. according to the FDNY.

The intersection was the same one where a gas explosion killed eight people and leveled two buildings in 2014 and where a massive fire broke out at a garden center in May 2016, sparking calls at the time to more closely regulate businesses beneath the elevated tracks.

►READ MORE: Garden Center Damaged in 2014 Harlem Explosion Hit Again by Fire

►READ MORE: Three Women Killed in East Harlem Building Explosion

The Urban Garden Center had been slapped with summonses for illegally storing combustible material — including petroleum gas and gasoline — underneath the tracks without the required permits, officials said at the time.

A representative of the Urban Garden Center said Thursday that their property was not involved in Wednesday's fire.

The FDNY is currently investigating the cause of Wednesday's blaze. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians during Wednesday night's fire, according to fire officials.

The FDNY initially described the garbage truck as a city truck,but a rep for the Department of Sanitation said it was a private trash truck.