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metrorail thumb medium90 92News24 reports that a Metrorail train pulled into Retreat station in Cape Town on Tuesday morning with at least two of its carriages on fire.  

Passengers waiting for the train to arrive at the station were greeted by raging flames and plumes of black smoke coming from its carriages.  The train was en route to Fish Hoek.  Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott indicated that all commuters on board were evacuated and no injuries were reported.  In a later statement, Metrorail said that four carriages in total were damaged.  The initial two carriages that were on fire were completely gutted, while the adjoining two carriages suffered minor damage.  Scott said it was "far too early" to determine the cause of the fire and that the cost of the damage would only be known once Prasa's loss adjusters had inspected the carriages.

  • A short report by Kaveel Singh is at News24

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