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Abandoned train goes up in flames at MBTA commuter rail maintenance facility

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — An investigation is underway after an abandoned train car caught fire near the MBTA commuter rail maintenance facility in Somerville on Saturday night.

Firefighters responding to a report of a blaze along the commuter rail tracks in the area of 70 3rd Avenue around 8:30 p.m. found flames shooting from a graffiti-covered rail car that has been out of service for years, according to Somerville Firefighters Local 76.

A photo shared with Boston 25 News showed thick smoke billowing into the air as crews worked to extinguish the fire.

In a statement, Keolis said, “A long-retired train car in the storage area at the MBTA maintenance facility in Somerville was reported on fire. No Commuter Rail trains were involved in the fire.”

Firefighters from Boston and Cambridge assisted at the scene.

There were no reported injuries and the blaze didn’t impact commuter rail service.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear.

At Approximately 8:30pm this evening the Somerville FAO received a report of an outside fire in the area of 70 Rear 3rd...

Posted by Somerville Firefighters Local 76 on Saturday, September 10, 2022

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