Tokyo’s Yamanote Line was halted for more than four hours Thursday evening after a fire broke out in a building near JR Yoyogi Station, the Tokyo Fire Department and East Japan Railway Co. said.
No one was hurt in the blaze, which damaged the second and third floors of the four-story Yamano Building adjacent to the railway station in Shibuya Ward, the fire department said.
The fire started at around 8 p.m., and the fire department mobilized about 30 fire engines to fight it.
The blaze did not spread to the railway station, but all passengers there were evacuated.
JR East suspended all service on the Yamanote Line and regular trains on the Chuo Line between Ochanomizu and Mitaka stations.
Service on the Chuo Line resumed shortly after 11 p.m., and the Yamanote Line trains got back under way at 12:12 a.m., JR East said.
The railway said it temporarily suspended train runs between Ebisu and Shinjuku stations on the Saikyo Line because some passengers got off a stranded Yamanote train between Harajuku and Yoyogi stations, but about 1,500 other passengers waited about an hour before JR personnel guided them to Harajuku Station on foot.
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