It’s been month’s since Cape Town’s last train fire, but the good record ended today when two trains were engulfed by flames.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue Services received a call about a train alight at Cape Town Railway station at approximately 3.51pm today.

Three fire engines, one water tanker, a rescue vehicle and 19 staff were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the officer in charge at the scene discovered two trains with five carriages each alight on Platform 12. No injuries have been reported and the cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

Huge plumes of smoke swept through the CBD due to strong winds, and helpless residents watch the flames rise.

Picture: Nidha Narrandes

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Aimee Pace

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