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Vendors affected by train fire

Vendors say they did not make profit on Tuesday due to a train fire at the Woodstock Station.

A Metrorail train burns in Woodstock on 22 January 2013. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Some Woodstock vendors say they lost almost half of their daily profits due to a train fire at the station.

Several trains were delayed on Tuesday afternoon after a train en route to Cape Town started burning.

Kokulunga Mathole says her stall is busiest between 1pm and 5pm.

During that time, she usually makes about R400.

On Tuesday however, the road outside the station in which she and about four other vendors sit was closed, blocking access to her stall.

She says she only made R200.

"I feel bad because I lost a lot of money. I have no money for new stock."

She says people are not buying that stock now because they say it smells of smoke but she cannot afford to throw it away.

Another vendor who asked to remain anonymous says the street was closed for more than an hour.

"The road was blocked off by the police so there was no business for me."