20°C / 22°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 3°C
  • Sun
  • 15°C
  • 1°C
  • Mon
  • 15°C
  • 0°C
  • Tue
  • 18°C
  • 2°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 3°C
  • Fri
  • 15°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 12°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 14°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 15°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 6°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • 4°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 2°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 4°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 4°C
  • Sat
  • 16°C
  • 1°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • -1°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 2°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 2°C
  • Wed
  • 20°C
  • 2°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 10°C
  • Tue
  • 26°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 11°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 15°C
  • 5°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 16°C
  • 10°C
  • Fri
  • 13°C
  • 4°C
  • Sat
  • 11°C
  • 2°C
  • Sun
  • 18°C
  • 1°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 8°C
  • Tue
  • 12°C
  • 8°C
  • Wed
  • 13°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 13°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 11°C
  • 6°C
  • Sun
  • 15°C
  • 6°C
  • Mon
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Tue
  • 13°C
  • 10°C
  • Wed
  • 14°C
  • 9°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 7°C
  • Sun
  • 17°C
  • 4°C
  • Mon
  • 18°C
  • 5°C
  • Tue
  • 21°C
  • 4°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 7°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 4°C
  • Sat
  • 10°C
  • -1°C
  • Sun
  • 13°C
  • -4°C
  • Mon
  • 16°C
  • 2°C
  • Tue
  • 19°C
  • 3°C
  • Wed
  • 12°C
  • 1°C
  • Fri
  • 28°C
  • 7°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • 3°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 1°C
  • Tue
  • 26°C
  • 3°C
  • Wed
  • 28°C
  • 4°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 6°C
  • Sat
  • 10°C
  • 3°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • 3°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Tue
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 16°C
  • 8°C

[UPDATE] Several carriages gutted as two trains go up in flames in CT

The smell of smoke is heavy in and around the Cape Town CBD where firefighters, paramedics and safety officers are on the scene.

City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service personnel respond to a fire at the Cape Town station on 21 April 2019. Picture: Ayanda Felem/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several carriages were gutted when two trains caught alight at Cape Town station on Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters managed to douse the flames a short while ago.

The smell smoke still hangs heavy in the air around the Cape Town CBD.

Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene on Sunday afternoon, shortly after the blaze broke out.

“On Sunday afternoon, the City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Service received a call reporting a train alight at Cape Town railway station. Three fire engines, one water tanker, a rescue vehicle and 19 staff were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer in charge discovered two trains, with five carriages each, alight on platform 12, “ City’s Fire and Rescue spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse said.

Metrorail officials scrambled to get passengers to safety as dark fumes of smoke pillowed.

The station had to be placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. No injuries have been reported.

It’s unclear if arsonists are to blame.

Since 2015, a reported 159 train carriages were lost due to fires.

In 2018, Metrorail was hit by a series of train fires.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus