ORINDA — A fire erupted under a commuter train in the East Bay during the evening commute Wednesday, sending smoke throughout a Bay Area Rapid Transit station and forcing train passengers to evacuate.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the first report of the fire at the Orinda station was at 6:08 p.m. Commuters driving by soon began posting pictures of the fire online.
No one was injured.
Trost said Wednesday evening that the source of the fire was a semiconductor box under the train’s lead car. BART technicians and firefighters were working to determine the exact cause.
The incident was unrelated to a Wednesday afternoon re-enactment of an accident that killed two BART workers Saturday, Trost said.
The fire caused delays on BART’s Pittsburg-Bay Point line and the San Francisco International Airport line, KTVU reported. It also was snarling traffic along eastbound state Route 24.
Trost said train traffic was continuing through the Orinda station without stopping, and a bus bridge was set up between the Orinda and Lafayette stations.