2 MBTA workers sent to hospital after bus fire at Arborway bus station

Two MBTA employees were taken to hospital Thursday afternoon after a bus fire at T’s Arborway bus station, officials said, in the latest safety issue to hit the beleaguered agency.

A decommissioned bus had just pulled into the yard when flames were seen coming out of its rear compartment around 3:10 p.m., according to a statement from MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

“MBTA personnel attempted to extinguish the flames but were unsuccessful,” Pesturo said. “The Boston Fire Department responded and extinguished the flames.”

A fire department spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pesaturo said two MBTA workers were taken to hospital to be evaluated for possible smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A photo posted to Twitter showed a bus with its upper rear engulfed in orange flames as thick black smoke billowed around the vehicle.

The blaze came just a day after authorities announced the Orange Line would be closed for 30 days for track repairs, as the MBTA works to resolve issues that have led to repeated service stoppages and security issues in recent months.

The T has been under scrutiny by the Federal Transit Administration since April, following a series of security incidents, including the April 10 dragging death of a Red Line passenger at the station. off-Broadway. Last week, the federal agency ordered “an immediate safety shutdown” to address ongoing issues with runaway trains.

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