Officials working to identify body found on burnt Metrorail train

The remains were discovered by firefighters extinguishing flames, which damaged two coaches.

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

CAPE TOWN - Authorities are still trying to identify a body found in a burnt out Metrorail carriage near Fish Hoek.

The remains were discovered by firefighters extinguishing flames which damaged two coaches on the train between the Fish Hoek and Sunny Cove train stations yesterday.

#GlencairnFire fire crews are being redirected to Fish Hoek. Blaze fanned by strong winds, no property in danger. NM pic.twitter.com/UcudMwHy6H

An investigation is also underway to determine the cause of the fire.

The police's Frederick van Wyk said, "A body was found on the burnt out section of the train but information with regards to the deceased is unknown at this stage. We've opened an inquest docket for further investigation and the investigation continues."

#GlencairnFire the burnt out train in Glencairn. Fire crews and police still on scene, fire raging on mountain. NM pic.twitter.com/ba4uSXhjwi