N.J. train fire shuts, then slows, a transit line

 

A train fire on NJ Transit's RiverLine temporarily shut down a portion of the light rail in Burlington County on Sunday night.

The fire began about 6:20 p.m. in the engine compartment of a train near the Florence Station, NJ Transit reported. Forty passengers on the train were evacuated to the Florence station without injury. The operator on the train was also uninjured.

Firefighters from the Florence Fire Department put out the blaze. Initially, the fire caused the line to shut down between Bordentown and Burlington Town Center, according to NJ Transit's Twitter account. But the system was running with 30-minute delays northbound, and 60-minute delays southbound, as of 8 p.m.

The cause of the fire was being investigated by NJ Transit police.