By Carol Tannenhauser
Fire erupted early Friday morning in the second car of a northbound No. 2 train as it pulled into the West 110th Street station. Garett Goble, 36, an MTA train operator, died trying to evacuate passengers. Sixteen other people were injured, four of them seriously. It was the third fire inside an Upper West Side subway station that morning, raising the possibility of arson.
“NYPD Deputy Chief Brian McGee said that police had discovered smaller fires at the 86th Street and 96th Street subway platforms, as well as a street fire at 116th Street,” Gothamist reported. “It was ‘more than likely’ that they were connected, he said…The two-alarm fire brought 25 units and 106 firefighters to 110th Street overnight. Service on several trains was briefly suspended. As of 6:45 a.m., the FDNY was still working to ‘extinguish a fire at Central Park North,’ according to the MTA.”
Goble and another MTA employee managed to get commuters out to the station as first responders arrived, said Sarah Feinberg, interim president of NYC Transit. “They certainly put their lives at risk to get these people out,” Feinberg added, according to a Daily News story. One of Goble’s fellow train operators tweeted the following:
RIP 2 my fellow #TrainOperator🙏🏾🙏🏾take a look at whats left of the train @danrivoli @njburkett7 @DVerello @cegoldbaum @AnchorAngi @KatieLusso @ClaytonGuse @joelmsiegel @clauirizarry @s_nessen @pdberger @ebruenig @AliBaumanTV @JMartinezNYC @danarubinstein @PeiSzeCheng4NY pic.twitter.com/LIYLdxjKJ2
— Gomez (@TripleG_RTO) March 27, 2020