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CAPE TOWN CBD IN SMOKE AS FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE TRAIN FIRES

Thick, black smoke is once again permeating the air above Cape Town train station, in what appears to be another train-related fire.

Details are still unclear, but visual evidence posted on social media indicates that this could be yet another arson attack at the busy Cape Town depot.

As a team were briefing MPs, the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport Dikeledi Magadzi, mentioned that another fire was reported at the same busy CBD station.
 
Prasa board chairwoman Khanyisile Kweyama confirmed the incident, and that she had just received a message that “platforms 16 and 17 are burning”.

This is not the first time as in the past few weeks the Western Cape has been hit hard by these sort of attacks causing major delays for commuters. Not to mention the cost it will be to replace these trains and platforms.

Firefighters were called to the station minutes after reports and discovered two trains had been set alight.

There have been reports that the offices above the station deck are also affected‚ but fire fighters on scene are currently investigating. Preliminary investigation (indicates) that the smoke at the offices is from the trains below

The fire department said in an update.

At the time of publication reporters on the ground have confirmed four fire engines‚ one water tanker‚ a rescue vehicle, as well as 24 firefighters, that are battling the blaze

This is not the first incident of Cape Town stations being set alight the last coming a month ago after commuters torched trains due to them being late.

In an attempt to prevent further arson attacks on stations CCTV monitoring systems are said to be implemented as soon as the government approves it.

R636-million over the last three years is the number of damaged state property due to similar attacks.

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