Wed. May 22nd, 2019

Cape Town CBD engulfed in smoke as two trains catch fire

cape town train fireThe blaze is the latest in a series of train fires which have plagued Cape Town over the past year.

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Parts of Cape Town were engulfed in smoke on Sunday afternoon after two trains caught fire.

The city has, over the past year, been hit with a number of fires in train stations, doing considerable damage to infrastructure.

Fire and Rescue services were called upon once more on Sunday, as a fire broken out on Platform 12, affecting five carriages from two coaches.

“On Sunday afternoon, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service received a call reporting a train alight at Cape Town railway station. Three fire engines, one water tanker, a rescue vehicle and 19 staff were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer in charge discovered two trains, with five carriages each, alight on platform 12, ” Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse revealed.

Jermaine Carelse

The cause of the fire is not yet clear, and no injuries were reported.

The blaze is the latest in a series of train fires which have plagued Cape Town over the past year.

In May 2018, a 42-year-old woman was critically injured after the train she was travelling in caught fire, and was taken to the Tygerberg Hospital, where she was treated for third degree burns.

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