A total of 18 train carriages have been destroyed in a fire at Cape Town Station early this morning forcing its temporary closure. This has left several commuters stranded as they rely on the trains to ferry them to work.
Metrorail’s spokesperson Riana Scott says two trains were initially on fire during the early hours of this morning but the blaze soon spread to adjacent platforms.
Platforms 9 -16 have been closed and the entire regional train service is suspended until further notice.
14 platforms have been identified for inbound trains and there are no outbound trains.
Commuters have been told to use alternate transport.
No injuries were reported and the scene was handed over to the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa).
There has reportedly been major damage to infrastructure with sets burnt beyond repair.
Prasa’s Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker said that it appeared that the Cape Town train fire had been started deliberately. The cause is being investigated.
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) 28 November 2019