Service Resumes After Manhole Fire Gridlocks Subway in Manhattan

Crews worked overnight to make repairs after a manhole fire damaged subway power cables, causing widespread train delays across Manhattan Thursday evening and smoky conditions at a Greenwich Village stop, officials said.

Thousands of commuters experienced delays and some were stuck on trains between stations for as much an hour after the fire near the West 4th Street subway station at about 6:30 p.m., officials said. 

The A, B, C, D, E, F, M and R lines had delays beginning during the tail end of the evening rush well into the early morning hours Friday. MTA officials said regular service resumed on all lines at about 3 a.m.

Commuters on an M train told NBC 4 New York that they were stranded near the 23rd Street station for more than an hour after the fire. The first car was eventually able to pull into the station and conductors evacuated the train.

It's not clear what sparked the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

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