Thursday night’s fire and 13-hour SkyTrain service disruption in Vancouver cost TransLink nearly $400,000.
CKNW has been told the fire in a bird’s nest near the Main Street station caused up to $25,000 damage on the aging Expo Line.
Revenues lost by giving customers free rides for the rest of the day are estimated to be about $375,000.
CUPE Local 7000 President Bill Magri is quashing any concerns about whether proper safety measures were taken by maintenance crews who sparked the fire.
“It’s just one of those things. You have a fire and it happens, but all the procedures were followed.”
He says the fire likely smoldered for a while before it flared up and was quickly extinguished.
“The nest was in a cable tray. Cable trays are suspended from the bottom of the guide way, hidden from view below the centre walk way. So, a spark would have gone down, sat in the nest undetected because it was hidden from view probably until it got going pretty good.”
Although concerns have been raised about whether that damage could have been prevented, Magri insists everything was done right.
“All of our rail-born equipment does have fire extinguishers on it and our maintenance crews are all trained on how to use them and how to put fires out.”
Because no one was hurt, WorkSafeBC is not investigating.