Service resumes on SEPTA's West Trenton Line after fire

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
SEPTA service resumes after fire on tracks
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A tree came down at 6 a.m. Thursday near Red Lion Road in Lower Moreland Township, bringing down a Peco power line and sparking a fire.

LOWER MORELAND TWP., Pa. (WPVI) -- Service has resumed on SEPTA's West Trenton Regional Rail Line after a fire that was initially blamed on a downed power line.

The fire was touched off at 6 a.m. Thursday near Red Lion Road in Lower Moreland Township.

A SEPTA spokeswoman told Action News the fire started when a Peco power line was brought down by a fallen tree.

However, Peco says the flames were ignited when overgrown bamboo in the area came in contact with the power line during windy conditions.

The flames quickly spread to a number of trees.

An Action News viewer recorded video of frightening moments as flames from the fire spread into his backyard in the 2400 block of Dale Road.

Video from the Action Cam at the scene showed what appeared to be a tree branch on fire over the railroad tracks.

Several firefighters were on the scene.

Service on SEPTA's West Trenton Line was suspended in both directions for nearly two hours as firefighters doused the flames and utility crews repaired the line.

All trains were running again by 8 a.m.

Commuters were advised to expect residual delays.