Metrorail Cape Town services disrupted after train fires

Members of the public have been asked to assist in an investigation after two trains were set alight.

Metrorail train carriages on fire at the Cape Town Station on 09 April 2016. Picture: Twitter: @CapeTalk

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail in the Western Cape says it's working closely with police to determine the cause of the Cape Town station fire.

It says it lost 10 carriages after two trains caught alight at Cape Town station on Saturday night.

Around 750 metres of overhead wiring on two platforms were also damaged before firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze.

Metrorail's Riana Scott says no one was injured and they're still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

"We are encouraging anyone with any information and we will explore any lead. The police are also working on this investigation."


Earlier this year, Metrorail said it had lost more than 20 train coaches to arson since last year.

An investigation was instituted to determine the cause of a deadly fire which destroyed two train carriages near Fish Hoek, where officials discovered a body inside one of the burnt out carriages.

At the time Riana Scott said they had been hard hit by vandals.