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Electrical Cable Fire Snarls Subway Service

Blaze reported in subway tunnel outside Dekalb Av station in Downtown Brooklyn.

Update, 8:15 p.m.: Service has returned to normal on all lines, according to the MTA's website

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Update, 5:30 p.m.: According to an MTA spokesman, the B and Q/N/R lines are NOT running between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, the Q train IS running between Coney Island and Prospect Park. If you need to get the Q, take the 2/3/4/5 or C line to the Franklin Avenue Shuttle and take the shuttle to Prospect Park.

According to the MTA, "customers should expect service to be impacted throughout the evening."

See the latest service update on the MTA's website

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UPDATE, 5:22 p.m.: Trains are still being re-routed, the MTA said. 

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Afternoon commuters have a real mess on their hands due to a fire caused by a shorted cable just outside Dekalb Av subway station in Downtown Brooklyn.

According to the New York Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 3:58 p.m.—just as thousands of straphangers prepared to tackle the beginning of the evening rush hour.

As a result of the ongoing fire, the following service changes were reported by the Metropolitan Transit Authority:

  • Q and N trains will be running on the R line from Dekalb Avenue to Canal Street.
  • B train service has been suspended between Brighton Beach and W. 4th St.
  • D train service has been rerouted along the F line from Coney Island to W. 4th St.

Stick with Patch for more updates.

Amy Sara Clark contributed reporting. 

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