Fire halts LRT service at Belvedere Station

Some who used the LRT to get to work yesterday morning may have been late as an industrial blaze halted service for about an hour near the Belvedere Station.

Some who used the LRT to get to work yesterday morning may have been late as an industrial blaze halted service for about an hour near the Belvedere Station.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said a fire in an industrial area on 134 Avenue — adjacent to the LRT track — broke out inside a portable wood-framed shelter sometime around 6:15 a.m.

As a safety precaution, firefighters ordered Epcor to shut down the overhead lines of the LRT as the blaze came into contact with the track in the city’s north end, said fire rescue spokeswoman Melanie Mochoruk.

No one was hurt in the blaze, but damages have been tallied at $260,000, said Mochoruk.

Fire officials said a portable heater sparked the blaze that completely engulfed the temporary shelter that was used to house a construction crane.

Patricia Dixon, a spokeswoman with Edmonton Transit, said LRT services were halted for an hour, but shuttle bus services were provided for riders between Clairview and Belvedere Stations.

Dixon said buses were running in between stations every five minutes during the morning commute.

 
 
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