A total of 18 train carriages were destroyed in a fire at Cape Town Station early this morning.
Initially two trains were on fire but the fire rapidly spread to adjacent platforms, destroying 18 carriages and platforms 9-16 were closed.
Metrorail’s spokesperson Riana Scott says early indications are that an accelerant was used in the fire.
“The area is still on lockdown with law enforcement and investigation teams on site,” she added.
Scott, had earlier reported that the entire Cape Town Station is temporarily closed, and the entire regional train service has been suspended until further notice.
However, part of the service has been reopened, the concourse and some platforms remain closed.
“A limited service will apply…platforms 1-8 are open, and platforms 20-24.”