Huge fac­tory blaze hits train ser­vices

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

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