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Possible Electrical Fire at Newark Penn Station Causes Train Delays

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A possible electrical fire at Newark Penn Station caused suspensions and delays along Amtrak and NJ Transit lines Thursday morning.

The apparent electrical fire may have started in the ceiling, right near the Dunkin' Donuts, which is situated in the seating area near the ticket windows.

News 4 was on the scene where a heavy presence of firefighters was seen coming in and out of the station.

A witness said he saw flames coming down from the ceiling light. News 4 New York was told that there was a slight panic when the crowd saw the flames as they rushed to safety.

There were no reported injuries. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Pictures from inside show the charred debris around that donut stand, just inside the entrance to the station. But the response was so quick, damage was easily contained.

Initially, an NJ Transit spokesperson told News 4 remedying the situation could take several hours as Newark Penn Station will be closed temporarily Thursday as officials try to determine the cause and remediate whatever smoke damage was left behind.

Travel plans were disrupted for many, as all trains -- NJ Transit, Amtrak and PATH -- bypassed Newark Penn for more than two hours. However, service was back up and running by the peak of the evening rush hour.

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