FGJ investigates a “mechanical failure” as the main cause of the fire in the CDMX Metro

FGJ investigates a “mechanical failure” as the main cause of the fire in the CDMX Metro

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The Attorney General’s Office (GF) of Mexico City has as its main line of investigation a “mechanical failure“Which allegedly caused the fire in the High Voltage Electrical Substation Good tone of the Collective Transport System (STC) Metro, leaving 1 person dead and at least 5 others hospitalized for smoke poisoning.

Three days after the incident, the authorities ruled out that it had been caused by a third person or that it was an attack against the building’s staff. However, the opinions have yet to be compared with the analysis of a private company.

The main objective of the experts in the coming days is to find the exact place where the fire originated, which could be in one of the machines or in part of the wiring by lack of maintenance. It is expected that in the following days the prosecution will release the final results.



After the service of six lines of the Mexico City Metro was suspended due to the fire that occurred at dawn on January 9 at the Central Control Post (PCC), Lines 4, 5 and 6 resumed their service today at 05:00.

Long lines, doubts and waiting reigned this Tuesday in Mexico City in the peak hours of user travel, after the fire last Saturday that affected six lines of which three have already resumed their activity.

According to what was explained this morning by the head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, in a press conference, the Collective Transportation System (STC) is working hard so that the reestablishment of these lines can take place as soon as possible.

Previously, the leader of the Metro Workers Union, Fernando Espino, had assured that the routes could take five months to reopen.



We respect the leader of the STC union a lot, but the director of the metro is working with a very competent team, to get lines 1, 2 and 3 up and running as soon as possible “, alleged the president.

For his part, the Secretary of Mobility of Mexico City, Andres Lajous He explained, also in a conference, that the operation of line 1 will be restored in the last week of January and in the remaining two, in the first weeks of February.

Last Saturday a fire in the main control center of the Mexico City Metro, in the Historic Center, left one dead and at least 30 workers intoxicated, in addition to the suspension of service on the six main lines.

The incident caused the transport system to suspend its activities, partially, after more than 51 years of uninterrupted work.

The metro in the Mexican capital transports about 6 million people every working day, which makes it one of the busiest in the world, although its demand falls during the weekend and more so now due to the health contingency due to COVID-19.


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