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Fire Hits LRT-2, Operations Remain Suspended as of 5 PM, October 3Safety inspections are still being conducted as of writing.by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) remains non-operational as of 5:00 pm today, October 3, 2019, after fire broke out between the Katipunan and Anonas stations at around 11:30 this morning. According to officials, the cause of the explosion was a faulty power transformer that tripped.
“We are evaluating two options for partial operations — Recto-Cubao and back/Recto-Anonas. But the options depend on the availability of power supply given the fact that the power rectifier (transformer) in the Katipunan area is damaged,” LRT-2 spokesperson and lawyer Hernan Cabrera said earlier.
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This evening, the Light Rail Transit Authority issued an official statement related to the incident.
“This pertains to the incident that happened this morning when a fire occurred at two rectifier substations of the LRT-2 System which resulted to the suspension of operations.
“LRTA Administrator Gen. Reynaldo Berroya immediately called for a meeting among different concerned offices and the Maintenance Provider to order the immediate conduct of investigation on the cause of the incident and to assess the necessary actions to be undertaken under the circumstances.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
READ: This is LRTA's statement following the incident this morning pic.twitter.com/i2zE1dxzqL— LRT2 (@OfficialLRTA) October 3, 2019
“‘Our primary concern now is to determine the extent of the damage so as to ascertain the integrity, stability, and safety of LRTA structures and facilities,’ Berroya said.”
The statement also advises commuters that “LRT-2 operations will not resume today” as they continue safety inspections, and said it will exhaust all efforts for the possibility of having “degraded operations from Anonas or Cubao to Recto and vice versa tomorrow.”
The LRT-2 transit line traverses the East and West parts of Metro Manila and covers 11 stations from Recto to Santolan.