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Jan 17, 2015 10:14 AM

Police: fire on truck triggered alarm in Channel Tunnel

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) A fire in a truck that was being transported through the Channel Tunnel triggered an alarm which led to suspension of all passenger and freight rail services between Britain and France on Saturday, police said. No injuries were reported.

Railway operator Eurostar suspended all services for Saturday and said trains were returning to their original stations.

Kent Police said the fire was at the French end of the tunnel.

Eurostar said rail passenger services between Britain and France were suspended after smoke was detected in the tunnel beneath the English channel. Tunnel operator Eurotunnel said in a statement that a C02 alarm went off just before midday and that it was investigating the cause.

"If you were planning to travel today, we advise you to postpone your journey and not to come to the station," Eurostar said in a statement.

Eurostar said tickets can be refunded or rebooked within the next 60 days for travel within six months.


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