Emergency services were alerted to a train alight at Glencairn station near Simon’s Town this afternoon.
According to Fire and Rescue Services, at present three carriages are alight and they are currently on scene trying to douse the blaze.
At this point it is uncertain whether the fire is due to sabotage or an accident.
The City’s Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that two carriages were severely damaged in the fire and another slightly damaged. They managed to extinguish the fire at 4.06pm with no injuries reported. The scene has since been handed over to PRASA.
The last train fire reported in Cape Town took place on July 8, 2019, when two carriages were damaged when a train caught alight between Melton Rose and Blackheath.
On Easter Weekend this year there were serious damage caused after trains at the Cape Town station went up in flames. Damages were estimated at R33m.
The Southern Line train service at Fish Hoek has been terminated until further notice, commuters are advised to use own transport between Fish Hoek and Simone’s Town in the meanwhile.
— I Love Glencairn (@ILoveGlencairn) October 7, 2019
— 1Second (@1SecondLater) October 7, 2019
METRO FIRE in Glencairn, Cape Town AGAIN! Can @GenBheki_Cele @SAPoliceService and their crime intelligence solve this instead of fighting @MYANC factional battles and destabilising the Western Cape @alanwinde ? pic.twitter.com/qkSBAauXiw
— Paul Redelinghuys (@PaulRedlegs) October 7, 2019
Nog ‘n #treinbrand voorval, hierdie keer vanmiddag yb Glencairn treinstasie.
— Son Koerant (@Sonkoerant) October 7, 2019
Train on fire. Glencairn station. Cape town pic.twitter.com/0WlpwhfR4r
— Franz Dullaart (@FranzDullaart) October 7, 2019
— 🇿🇦Mpho Maṱhoho (@MaxMpho) October 7, 2019
📢 Fire incident at Glencairn (T0182) impacts #SouthernLineCT train service.
Southern Line train service terminate at Fish Hoek until further notice. Commuters are advised to make use of own alternative transport between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.https://t.co/ET05C0vDLm
— Metrorail W/Cape (@CapeTownTrains) October 7, 2019
Picture: Nicole Rothman Dickinson