Steam engine spark triggers fire, stops GCR trains

Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GCRA spark inside a steam engine triggered fire in a railway embankment causing trains to be stopped from running along a section of tracks today.


The trains were halted to and from Loughborough on Tuesday afternoon following the breakout of the blaze on the embankment of the Great Central Railway that is close to Ling Road inside the town.


A fire crew from the town had been summoned to tackle the blaze around 3.29 p.m.


The GCR company had sent a train carrying 4,000 gallons of water to assist the firefighters in putting out the blaze. A spokeswoman of the fire service said that the fire was accidentally caused by a spark from a steam engine that was passing by. Nobody had been hurt in the incident.


Firefighters in the county were also called to counter five other blazes in less than three hours.


A fire crew from Eastern station were also called around 2 p.m. to deal with the blaze after a bonfire in a back garden in Linden Street in North Evington, Leicester went out of control. The firefighters helped bring the blaze under control that meanwhile spread over to nearby trees and bushes.


Around 2.46 p.m., a fire crew from Birstall was alerted to a fire in a field off Syston Road in Cossington.


It is believed that the fire was caused accidentally and had damaged about 20 square meters of a cornfield.


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