A fire at the Cape Town train station has been contained. Two trains with five carriages each were alight on platform 12.
A fire broke out on two trains at the Cape Town train station on Sunday afternoon.
Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson, Jermaine Carelse, says the cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
” The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services responded to a train alight at Cape Town train station. Three fire engines, one water tanker, a rescue vehicle and 19 staff were dispatched. Upon arrival the officer in charge discovered two trains with five carriages each alight on platform 12. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is unknown,” says Carelse.
The incident comes after Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde had previously warned that the rail system might collapse if urgent action is not taken to save the system. This after numerous incidents when carriages had been set alight at Cape Town station.
Earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the new Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa) trains at the Cape Town station.
The modernised train which is blue, grey and black in colour can transport more than 200 passengers.