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Local and federal agents are looking for clues after a massive fire in Oakland shut down BART Thursday. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports.
After a nightmarish day on Thursday because of a nearby fire that damaged some equipment, BART started service on time Friday.
BART trains began rolling trains on time, despite a 10-minute delay for some emergency repair work on some tracks before 6 a.m.
Service was halted in the Transbay Tube between San Francisco and Oakland for most of the day on Thursday, when a 2 a.m. fire erupted at a senior center complex under construction at 1396 5th Street Parkway. An electrified rail and some insulators were damaged in the fire, and it took crews until about 4 p.m. to give the go-ahead to start rolling again.
On Friday, the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will continue an investigation into who and what started the fire. They were concentrating their focus on the south side of the unfinished building. A security guard said he saw three suspicious people on the site, moments before the fire started.
To see a report about the ATF investigating the fire, view the video below:
While the BART stoppage created chaos for many commuters, AC Transit pitched in with 117 Transbay bus trips between San Francisco and Oakland, the agency reported. AC Transit's call center responded to more than 800 calls for help. The agency provided free service for any Transbay commuter on Thursday.
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