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Passengers evacuated after small fire in engine of Metra train in Woodstock

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responds to Short Street and Railroad Street in Woodstock Thursday morning for a report of a train fire. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

Firefighters were called Thursday morning after a Metra train suffered a mechanical failure that caused a small fire in Woodstock, officials said.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responded around 9:55 a.m. Thursday to the intersection of Short Street and Railroad Street for a report of a passenger train locomotive on fire.

Fire officials said that crews located a Metra commuter train stopped just east of the Short Street railroad crossing.

The conductors on the train, which was inbound for Chicago, were in the process of evacuating passengers and escorting them to the nearby Woodstock Metra station.

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District responds to Short Street and Railroad Street in Woodstock Thursday morning for a report of a train fire. | Photo: Alex Vucha / WFRD.

Firefighters inspected the locomotive and found that it encountered a mechanical failure which resulted in a minor fire.

The mechanical failure was isolated to the locomotive and had not extended or communicated to the passenger cars.

The fire self-extinguished itself prior to firefighters arriving, officials said. No injuries to passengers or railroad crew were reported.

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According to Metra, Train #640, which was scheduled to arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center at 11:23 a.m., was the train that caught fire.

An extra train was sent to transport the passengers from Woodstock to Chicago. By 11:30 a.m., the replacement train departed Woodstock for Chicago, Metra reported.