The fire occurred on Madison near I-240.
There were 10 people on board at the time of the fire. Seven were taken to the hospital for smoke exposure.
The Memphis Fire Department said the fire started in the electrical system. The fire department and MATA are investigating the incident.
MATA Released a statement on the fire:
"MATA’s Trolley #452 caught on fire at approximately 10:32 am this morning. There were nine passengers and one trolley operator on board at Madison and Bellevue going east. The trolley operator and passengers confirmed hearing a loud pop in the trolley operator’s area of the trolley and smoke entered the trolley immediately. All passengers were able to safely get out of the trolley. A total of seven persons were transported due to smoke inhalation, and two requested transportation to their destination in the downtown area.
The rail line on Madison Avenue will be temporarily suspended, and replaced with bus service. The Main Street and Riverfront lines will remain in service.
Trolley 452 (W2 class) was originally built in 1927 by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board and is one of 752 that was built between 1923- 1956.
MATA purchased Trolley 452 in 1997 from the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. The streetcar was refurbished in 2004 by GOMACO and the cost was $567,899. Federal funds covered 80% of the restoration.
MATA reports no previous major problems with 452. The last preventive maintenance was performed on October 25, 2013 and no deficiencies were cited."