WHEATON – The Wheaton Metra train station on Front Street is closed following a fire at the station Nov. 22.
No one was injured in the fire, which has been determined to be accidental in nature. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
The station shelter is inaccessible and the ticket office will be closed until further notice, according to Metra's website. However, trains are operating on a normal schedule and service will not be affected.
At about 10:50 p.m. Nov. 22, the Wheaton Fire Department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm at the train station at 402 W. Front St. in downtown Wheaton, according to a news release from the city of Wheaton.
Upon arrival, fire crews identified a fire in a storage/furnace room on the building's north side, the release stated. The fire was brought under control within minutes, according to the release.
The city of Wheaton leases the building from Metra. After conducting a fire investigation, the Wheaton Fire Department said the fire appears to have been related to a malfunctioning heater unit, the release stated. Fire officials said it is unknown exactly how the unit started the fire in terms of whether it was an electrical malfunction or an overheated motor, but it was identified as a contributing factor.
Damage estimates are not available at this time. The building was posted as unsafe for occupancy because of the damage, according to the release.
The Wheaton Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Wheaton Police Department and several fire departments from neighboring communities.