MRT coach catches fire

Rappler.com
One of the MRT train coaches catches fire, reportedly due to a short circuit

SMOKE. A train at the MRT GMA-KAMUNING station emitted smoke. Photo by Instagram user Lemlorca

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 service was temporarily suspended Saturday afternoon, November 3, after one of its train cars caught fire, reports said.

According to an ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) report, the MRT train coach caught fire as it approached the GMA-Kamuning station in Quezon City. A short circuit reportedly caused it.

MRT spokesman Hernando Cabrera said he has not been informed about the incident as of 5 p.m.

Twitter and Instagram users posted photos of the coach emitting black smoke.

“Part of the MRT was on fire at GMA station. Intense! I hope no one got hurt,” Instagram user Lemlorca said, describing a photo he posted. 

“Fire at MRT station, northbound,” Twitter use Japz Tacuyan (@tjapz) posted on his account.

FIRE. A Twitter user posted a screen grab from video by screen grab of the MRT train on fire from video of Ericka Vernadette Sallador

The fire caused panic among passengers, but no injuries were reported as of this posting.

MRT operations have also resumed. – Rappler.com