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MBTA Blue Line Service Suspended Due to Casket Factory Fire in East Boston

Shuttles were replacing trains between Orient Heights and Wonderland.


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Service on a long stretch of the MBTA’s Blue Line has been suspended as a fire raged at an East Boston casket factory on Friday afternoon.

The T tweeted at 3:53 p.m. from its official Twitter account that, per the request of Boston Fire Department, service between Orient Heights and Wonderland would be replaced by shuttle buses.

Meanwhile, fire crews were battling a six-alarm fire at New England Casket Co. on Bennington Street. The building sits right along the tracks used by the Blue Line.

The MBTA initially said in a tweet that it planned to bring the entire Blue Line to a halt, but followed up a few minutes later with an update that said the trains would continue to run on the rest of the tracks.