Authorities have arrived to the scene of a train fire in Germiston on Tuesday after the incident was reported just after 7:00. The locomotive – which was stationary in the Dinwiddie suburb of Ekurhuleni – had fires in two separate carriages before the emergency services arrived.
Germiston train fire – latest news:
It’s understood that the train had no people on board, and zero fatalities or casualties have been reported. It’s currently causing delays at the Union Railway Station, near to the Scaw Metals facility.
STUDLAND AVE. DINWIDDIE. GERMISTON. EMM. GP. pic.twitter.com/Fd9risp5LK
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How did the train fire start?
It’s currently unclear whether the blaze was started intentionally, or if this was purely accidental. However, suspicions remain high that the fire was man-made, as there’s been a spate of arson on the tracks recently.
Prasa have been occupied with a string of attacks in Cape Town. The most recent happened just a few weeks ago, and a security guard was suspended from his position following an investigation. Another suspect has also been identified. In total, the rail company estimates that it has lost R636 million due to train fires since 2015.
In the City of Ekurhuleni: Germiston area (Dinwiddie suburb), a train on fire on Union railway station by Scaw metals. pic.twitter.com/rVlJ4NL1N6
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Germiston: Protests “ruled out” as a cause
No protest action has been reported in Ekurhuleni on Tuesday morning. The only unrest that has reared its head is in Braamfischerville, Soweto where service delivery demonstrations are taking place.
Elias Motsoaledi Road – between Marie Louise / Braamfischer Road – has been barricaded with burning tyres. Motorists have been advised by Johannesburg Police Chief David Tembe to avoid that area and use alternative routes.
Train on fire, parallel to Studland Avenue, in Dinwiddie, Germiston. No injuries reported. EMS on scene. pic.twitter.com/5JNYrHOBtJ
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