Delays drag on amid repairs to Metro-North tracks damaged by fire

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NEW YORK — Thousands of rail passengers will have to deal with another day of slow commutes as crews repair elevated train tracks in New York City that were damaged by a fire.

Metro-North says it will operate on an "enhanced Saturday schedule" Thursday, providing customers with additional trains during peak travel times. The railroad says it hopes to restore regular service by Friday.

The blaze broke out Tuesday night at a garden center underneath Metro-North tracks in Manhattan's East Harlem section, north of Grand Central Terminal, halting train service and damaging a center column beneath a viaduct holding the elevated tracks. Crews are installing six temporary steel columns until permanent repairs can be made.

Fire marshals have ruled the inferno an accident.