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Metrorail train catches fire in Fish Hoek, no injuries

It's unclear what caused the fire, but all passengers escaped with no injuries.

A Metrorail train in Fish Hoek caught alight on Thursday 21 January 2015. Picture: Russel Human.
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CAPE TOWN - Commuters were evacuated from a Metrorail train in Fish Hoek after it caught alight.

It's unclear what caused the carriage to burst into flames, but all passengers escaped with no injuries.

A Metrorail train in Fish Hoek caught alight on Thursday 21 January 2015. Picture: Russel Human.
Picture by Russel Human.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service and the navy are battling the blaze.

The city's Liesl Moodie says the fire has also affected vegetation.

“Currently, the vegetation fire is spreading towards the mountain slopes. We have city firefighters in attendance who are being assisted by two helicopters who are water-bombing the fire.”

Meanwhile, Kanonkop Wine Estate has lost 50 tonnes of grapes in the Simonsberg Fire.

Authorities believe the blaze was started deliberately on Tuesday morning.

The fire has been contained, but there are still a number of active lines on the mountain slopes.

Ground crews fought throughout the night to protect properties and to prevent the fire from spreading.

WATCH: Simonsberg fire scorches Cape Winelands



Cape Town’s hot and dry summer conditions often make it susceptible to wildfires. Last year was particularly devastating, with 5,000 hectares of vegetation being burnt. 

The fire took four days to bring under control and damaged or destroyed 13 homes.

Click here to take a look at EWN’s special feature on the 2015 fire.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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