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Large swaths of the TTC’s Line 2…

Large swaths of the TTC’s Line 2 subway are offline Friday thanks to a police investigation and a fire.

The TTC posted online about both issues on X, formerly Twitter.

The transit agency says there is no service between St. George and Woodbine Stations due to a police investigation.

Similarly, no trains are running between Kipling, Islington, Royal York, Old Mill and Jane stations, the TTC says, as crews work to repair communications cables badly damaged by a fire.

“This has been a trying day for TTC Line 2 customers and we sincerely apologize,” the agency said in a statement.

Between 40 and 60 shuttle buses will be operating along Bloor Street in their stead but significant delays are expected throughout the day. Commuters can alternatively use a TTC fare to take GO’s Lakeshore West line to downtown.

A fire broke out along a track-level fence at Islington Station around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to TTC spokesperson Stuart Green, and eventually spread to adjacent subway infrastructure.

WATCH | Fire closes busy stretch of Line 2: 

TTC’s Line 2 suspended between Kipling and Jane following fire

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A portion of the TTC’s Bloor-Danforth line is suspended between Kipling and Jane due to a fire Thursday near Islington Station. As CBC’s Ali Chiasson reports, the closures could last several days, as crews investigate the cause of the fire and work to repair service

The blaze severely damaged a signalling box and a number of cables that enable communication between trains and the control centre, Green said. TTC crews are still working alongside police and firefighters to determine how it started, he added.

Green was unable to say when regular service might resume on that length of Line 2.

“It’s really going to depend on what we find when we start looking into that cable box. As I say, it was quite heavily damaged by the fire and a lot of things melted in there. We need to get in there and and take those things apart and really look at what’s damaged, what needs replacing,” he said.

“We don’t have a timeline on that just yet. It could be a few days.”

Green said there is a chance that the length of the closure could be reduced to include only Kipling and Islington, but it’s not yet clear if that will be feasible.

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