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A fire at a single subway station in lower Manhattan has halted service entirely along the C line and severely limited service along the A, and led officials to warn of persistent problems for up to five years.
The blaze, apparently started by a homeless person seeking warmth and discovered at about 2 p.m. Sunday, destroyed about 600 hard-to-replace electrical relays used to control signals on the Eighth Avenue line at the Chambers Street station.
NYC Transit President Lawrence Reuter told a news conference that a full restoration could take three to five years and cost "several millions of dollars."