GO train service for thousands of commuters who use the Milton line is back to normal this morning, after a massive industrial fire interrupted the evening commute.
Firefighters were called to a battery recycling plant near Dixie Road and Dundas Street just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Thick black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky, but the fire has since been brought under control.
The surrounding businesses were evacuated and police asked residents in the area to close their windows as they didn’t know exactly what was burning.
Police said they were working with fire services to determine if there were any air quality issues.
The cause of the fire is not yet know and no injuries were reported.
The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office will be investigating.
The Dixie GO station re-opened for buses, however, trains were not running along the Milton line due to the fire. GO train service resumed on Thursday morning.
Milton trains are usually full—that means 1,500-2,000 people for every train which means it is impossible to provide buses for everyone. So other options—TTC, Mississauga Transit, LSW, Kitchener, waiting it out & friends or family. We appreciate it’s not ideal for customers
— Anne Marie Aikins (@AMAwithAMA) August 21, 2019
Your safety and security is very important to us and we cannot move trains through the area until we receive the all clear. The following trains are cancelled: Union Station 16:55 – Milton GO 17:56, Union Station 17:10 – Milton GO 18:12 and Union 17:25 – Milton GO 18:27.(2/2)
— Milton Train (@GOtransitMI) August 21, 2019