Electrical fire forces LRT-2 to suspend operations

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3)  — Heads up, commuters.

The Light Rail Transit (LRT-2) has suspended operations until Friday after an electric fire sparked in its power supply transformers.

The management, through its official media accounts, said the decision was based on technical and safety concerns.

"In accordance with the latest report from LRTA Engineering & Safety units, LRT-2 will NO LONGER resume to full or partial line operations TOMORROW, 4 Oct 2019," the LRT-2 management wrote in its statement.

The management advised commuters to find alternative modes of transportation. The train line has an estimated daily ridership of over 200,000 passengers.

Light Rail Transit Authority spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said power supply transformers in between Anonas and Katipunan stations and in the Santolan depot tripped, which led to the fire on Thursday.

"Both of them nag-trip. 'Yung tripping, resulted na masunog silang dalawa. Of course affected na ang power supply sa area, especially ang segment between Anonas and Santolan station," he told CNN Philippines.

LRT-2 said the fire has been contained as of 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya has apologized for the incident, saying "all efforts will be exhausted" to bring back partial operations from Anonas to Recto stations. He added that LRT-2 offices and its maintenance provider have been ordered to investigate the cause of the incident.

Some parts of the railway tracks along Anonas in Quezon City were severely damaged.

Meanwhile, the LRT Line 1 resumed full operations at 1:50 p.m. Balintawak and Roosevelt stations were closed in the morning due to a mechanical issue, but has since reopened.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Rex Remitio contributed to this report.