Green Line riders left in the cold during morning commute

Posted: 01/23/13 at 8:55 am EST      Last Updated: 01/23/13 at 7:59 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- MBTA Green Line commuters who tried to get to work Wednesday morning ran into a roadblock that left them out in the cold on the coldest day of the year.

Green Line service around downtown Boston was at a standstill just before 8 a.m. after electrical cables in a manhole panel near the Arlington Street MBTA Station caught fire.

Commuters were forced outdoors and take buses around the problem area. This came on a day when wind chills were howling below zero.

Some were too cold to complain, others who already late for work figured they didn’t have a lot of options.

“It’s annoying to say the least. Me, along with half of Boston, has class or work to go to, so it’s frustrating, but things happen,” said Nicole Shaw, a commuter.

No injuries were reported. Service resumed around 11 a.m.

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