Metrorail blaze leaves thousands stranded: Regional service suspended

Metrorail blaze leaves thousands stranded: Regional service suspended

- Following a fire at the Cape Town Metrorail station, countless commuters will be left in a pickle this mourning

- The blaze broke out in the early hours of Thursday and was extinguished around two and a half hours later

- Numerous carriages have been damaged and platforms have been closed as authorities evaluate the situation

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During the early hours of Thursday morning, a fire initially affecting two trains broke out at the Cape Town Metrorail station.

IOL reports that the Fire and Rescue Service had been called at 2:20am, with the blaze only under control and extinguished at 4:53 am.

The station has now been temporarily closed, affecting the entire regional service, which has been suspended until further notice.

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Western Cape Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott responded to the unfortunate situation:

"Two trains were initially on fire, but it soon spread to adjacent platforms. In total, 18 carriages were destroyed by fire and platforms 9 to 16 are closed. Commuters are advised to find alternative transport and we will update commuters during the course of the day as events unfold."

Thankfully no injuries had been reported, but the situation has now left thousands without transport to work and school, gathered.

The Passenger Rail Association of South Africa is now in control of the scene and will hopefully shed some light on the way forward for those who are impacted by the incident.

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