SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Bay Area Rapid Transit trains were experiencing major delays Friday morning because of a small fire on the tracks between the Daly City and Balboa Park stations, according to an agency spokesman.

Pine needles were reported smoldering on the tracks around 10:45 a.m. near moving parts called interlockings that allow trains to switch tracks, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

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Trains on the Fremont to Daly City and Richmond to Millbrae lines are stopping and turning back at the 24th Street Mission station to reduce traffic to the area, Allison said.

“We have special trains that are running between Daly City and all the stations to the south to the airport and to Milbrae,” Allison said.

However, trains on the Pittsburg/Bay Point to San Francisco International Airport and Dublin/Pleasanton to Daly City lines are still going through, he said.

The fire has been extinguished but BART crews remained out at the scene as of 11:15 a.m. and there was no estimate for when service would return to normal, Allison said.

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