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Hong Kong Train Service Resumes After Equipment Catches Fire

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong’s subway system, operated by MTR Corp., was disrupted for about two and a half hours because of an equipment fire at a station.

Services resumed at 1:04 p.m. local time, MTR said in a statement on its website. The company issued an announcement on the disruption at 10:33 a.m.

A structure at the platform door caught fire, Sam Hui, a spokesman of the city’s fire services department, said by telephone. About 300 people were evacuated, Hui said.

“It is believed that faulty installation in the supporting frame for one set of platform screen door caused smoke when the door was operated,” said Francis Li, operations head at MTR. The company will conduct further inspections to check similar equipment, he said.

The fire services department categorized the incident as “no. 2 alarm,” according to a statement on the government’s Information Services Department website. The fire was categorized as such because it occurred at a place with many people, Hui said.

MTR fell 1 percent to HK$31 as of 3:36p.m. in Hong Kong trading, after earlier declining as much as 1.4 percent.

To contact the reporters on this story: Simon Lee in Hong Kong at; Jasmine Wang in Hong Kong at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anand Krishnamoorthy at

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