Fire snarls Chicago's Tuesday evening commute

May 30, 2012

The Associated Press

(Flickr/Joe Watrach)

The busiest set of tracks in Chicago's transit system was partially shut down on the city's North Side because of a fire at a furniture store along the line.

CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis says Red, Brown and Purple line trains using those tracks were shut down between the Armitage Avenue and Belmont Avenue stops Tuesday evening.

Firefighters were battling the extra-alarm fire at Roy's Home Furnishings, along the tracks on Sheffield Avenue in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Buses were being set up to shuttle passengers between those two stops during the Tuesday evening rush hour.

The Red Line is the busiest train route in the transit system. It has 250,000 riders a day.

Members of the WBEZ Flickr Group submitted these photos of the fire and the effect it had on commuters: