Ellis Island reopens after fire


Ellis Island was evacuated yesterday after a transformer fire shut off electricity, trapping visitors in elevators. Jersey City Fire and Emergency Services Department responded to a call about the elevator problem at 12:50, and discovered a failed transformer in the mechanical room of the Immigration Museum. The National Parks Service plans to reopen the island today.

Most of the Immigration Museum is on New York land, but a 1998 Supreme Court decision gave control of the portion of the island made up of landfill to New Jersey.