NEW YORK — The Fire Department of New York says a small fire in an electrical closet is to blame for smoke that briefly caused the evacuation of the World Trade Center Oculus (AHK’-yoo-luhs) and interrupted PATH train service between New York and New Jersey.

New York City officials said at 8:40 a.m. Thursday that service was suspended on the Newark-World Trade Center and the Hoboken-World Trade Center lines.

Police directed people getting off the nearby subway to go into the street instead of the Oculus mall and transit hub, where there was a slight smell of smoke. They were allowed to enter shortly after 9 a.m.

PATH also was reopened. A public address announcement said that “the condition has been corrected.”