Fire in Brussels' Gare du Nord, delays expected throughout the day

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 08:52
Fire in Brussels' Gare du Nord, delays expected throughout the day © Wikimedia

Rail traffic between Brussels’ Gare de Midi and Gare du Nord is partially operating, after being brought to a standstill for over an hour during peak morning hours due to a fire.

With disturbances still affecting the railway network, and only four out the six major junction railways currently operating, SNCB warned at around 8:00 that commuters could still expect important disruptions throughout the day.

Trains coming into the capital from the Namur, Liege and Charleroi areas are to be the most affected.

A fire was identified at around 6:30 in a lodge by the rail tracks, leading a train carrying a dozen passengers to be safely evacuated.

The fire brought most rail traffic in capital to come to a complete standstill for nearly an hour and a half, and services started operating again at around 8:00 AM.

The incident, which led to important delays and some cancellations, reportedly originated after the flames from a fire lit by a homeless person who lived near the lodge propagated through the cables and reached the junction box.

The Brussels Times

This article has been updated to include the most recent developments.

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