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Investigation into Retreat train torching underway

Peak hour commuters were sent scrambling after a train burst into flames at Retreat station.

Peak hour commuters were sent scrambling after a train burst into flames at Retreat station on 10 December 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Investigators have not ruled out arson after a train was set alight in Retreat.

At least one carriage was destroyed after the fire broke out yesterday afternoon near a local train station.

Peak hour commuters were sent scrambling after the train burst into flames at Retreat station.

The train, bound for Simonstown, reportedly caught alight shortly after it pulled into platform two.

Trains to the southern suburbs were affected for several hours. The cause of the fire is still unclear.

The incident follows an arson attack on a rush hour train in Muizenberg in October.

#BurningTrain burnt carriage is being removed from Retreat, it's en route to the Salt River yard for investigation pic.twitter.com/wlJca3TWLx

#BurningTrain the cause of an earlier train fire at Retreat station is not yet known. NM pic.twitter.com/hhrDWy26pn

Three teenagers were allegedly responsibility for that incident.

No injuries have been reported.

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