HANSON — No injuries were reported as Thursday morning’s commute along the MBTA Kingston line was delayed following a confirmed fire inside an engine compartment at the Hanson station.
The fire was in a small, contained area and passengers were evacuated as a precaution, according to Hanson Fire Chief Jerome Thompson Jr.
Keolis spokesman Tory Mazzola commented on the incident for the MBTA later in the day.
“There was a mechanical issue in the turbocharger engine of the locomotive, which can cause smoke and in some cases a small fire. The fire department was called as a precautionary measure and alternative service for passengers was provided,” Mazzola stated. “At no time were passengers at risk and we appreciate their patience as we resolve this issue as safely and quickly as possible.”
Hanson Police Chief Michael Miksch issued a written press release through spokesperson Ben Paulin of John Guilfoil Public Relations.
He indicated that Hanson Police and Fire departments responded to the Commuter Rail Station at 1070 Main St. (Route 27) about 6:55 a.m. after receiving reports of fire on an inbound train.
“The fire has been put out by the Hanson Fire Department,” Miksch stated. “No injuries were reported.”
According to Miksch, all passengers were transferred to another train and transit police and Keolis employees were on the scene assisting commuters, but would not comment on the incident at that time.