• Cause of Sunday's electrical fire at Steel Plaza T station remains under investigation

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    PITTSBURGH - The Port Authority is continuing to investigate the cause of an electrical fire Sunday that created heavy smoke in the Steel Plaza T station in downtown Pittsburgh.

    The first call came in about 12:30 p.m. for an electrical fire between First Avenue and Steel Plaza.

    "We had a report of a fire at the First Avenue Station. However, en route, we noticed smoke coming out of the crates also up here at the Steel Plaza,” Pittsburgh Deputy Fire Chief Michael Mullen said.

    No one was injured and it was determined that no cars were on fire.

    "The cars were on their way out. With the power still on, they were able to get the cars safely to both tunnels and prevent any new cars from leaving the tunnel,” Mullen said.

    Light rail traffic between South Hills Junction and the North Shore was suspended for several hours. Crews were able to fully restore service just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

    A spokesperson for the Port Authority told Channel 11 News that while crews believe a conduit box may have ignited the flames, the cause of the fire has not yet been determined. It is also unclear if Sunday’s fire is in any way related to an electrical fire in April.

    Channel 11’s Aaron Martin asked Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto whether people who use the T should feel safe in light of several violent incidents in the area in recent months.

    “Incidents that occurred earlier in the year and this fire are definitely different issues that are being addressed in an area where you have hundreds of thousands of people moving through each week,” Peduto said.

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