Huge factory blaze hits train services
THERE was chaos on the rail network yesterday when a trackside fire caused trains between Manchester and London to be cancelled.
The blaze, at a factory in Harrow, North London, on Thursday night forced the closure of the west coast main line between Watford Junction and London Euston.
Dozens of services to and from Manchester were cancelled, leaving Friday morning rush-hour commuters stranded.
More than 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze, which involved a number of gas cylinders.
A trackside wall was also damaged in the fire and had to be dismantled before rail services could resume.
Fire station manager Jason Jones, who was at the scene, said: “We had a very well developed fire, which was extremely visible from quite a way out.
”There were propane cylinders involved so a hazard zone was set up as cylinders can explode when exposed to heat.
“Crews worked through the night to bring the fire under control.” The line reopened at about 1pm.