Firefighters respond to underground fire downtown

Smoke was see coming from underground on SW 5th Avenue and SW Main Street Thursday after investigators suspect a cigarette butt caught leaves and branches stuck in a Portland General Electric electrical vault ventilation tube on fire, May 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Smoke was see coming from underground on SW 5th Avenue and SW Main Street Thursday after investigators suspect a cigarette butt caught leaves and branches stuck in a Portland General Electric electrical vault ventilation tube on fire, May 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — MAX Green and Yellow lines in downtown Portland are back in service after an underground fire disrupted service briefly on Thursday, TriMet said.

Rich Chapman with Portland Fire & Rescue said firefighters responded to an underground fire at SW 5th Avenue and SW Main Street.

According to Chapman, leaves and branches stuck in a Portland General Electric electrical vault ventilation tube caught on fire.

Investigators suspect, but have not yet proven, that a cigarette butt likely lit the leaves and branches on fire.

Chapman said the fire is now out.

TriMet said MAX service was restored around 2:45 p.m.

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