Elyria, Ohio, Amtrak Station Damaged by Fire

The day after the fire the Amtrak station in Elyria was boarded up. (Photograph by Dan Davidson)

The day after the fire the Amtrak station in Elyria was boarded up. (Photograph by Dan Davidson)

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited are continuing to stop at the Elyria, Ohio, station despite it being damaged by fire last Friday.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Chronicle-Telegram of Elyria that he could not say if the station will be repaired or replaced. “Service will continue, and trains will stop at the platform. Customers just won’t be able to use the building for a while,” he said.

Elyria fire fighters were called to the station shortly after midnight and discovered the fire inside the station.

Fire Marshal Carl Keith said one engine initially went to investigate the call but additional fire fighters and equipment were soon called to the scene.

“We did a very rough estimate of the building being worth $75,000 and the loss at least $25,000,” he said. “The basement is still intact, but the top floor is pretty much gone.”

Fire crews stayed at the station for more than three hours. A preliminary investigation has ruled out foul play.

“The cause is difficult to determine at this time, but we believe it may have been electrical in nature,” Keith says.

The Elyria station is a modular structure that served Cleveland for several years until the current station in Cleveland was built.

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