Metrorail probes Cape Town train blaze

2013-01-23 09:01

Cape Town - A fire at the Woodstock railway station in Cape Town left thousands stranded and damaged a train, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that firefighters battled for about an hour to extinguish the fire which left four carriages gutted on Tuesday afternoon.

Cape Town fire and rescue service spokesperson Theo Layne said four commuters were treated for smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital.

Metrorail regional manager Mthuthuzeli Swartz said the fire would cost the company millions of rand.

An investigation had been launched to establish its cause.

Swartz told Cape Talk on Wednesday morning that preliminary investigations show that vandalism was the cause of the fire, but stressed that this is only a preliminary finding.


  • lydonmcg - 2013-01-23 09:13

    Vandalism truly is idiotic beyond comprehension.

      michangel.justice - 2013-01-23 13:02

      Old age of trains, they all failing one by one but to use vandalism is such lame excuse. Every body the current fleet of trains in SA has reach its self life and overcrowding are just adding to the problems and without suitably qualified technicians to service trains we will continue to see this plague of METROFAIL to get even worst.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-23 09:14

    vandalism and destruction of any property must be dealt with severely! Priority crime!

  • JP - 2013-01-23 09:20

    This lady taking a pic has no fear , what happens if the station starts burning seems like Metrorail has no emergency procedures.

  • Killbot79 - 2013-01-23 09:35

    The train was late so it was burned, but they probably forgot to think five minutes into the future to realise that now they can't get to work because of it.

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-23 09:37

    This is a act od sabotage. These vandals must be caught and be given the harshed punishment.

  • kyle.boshoff - 2013-01-23 10:05

    I was on a passing train when I saw this yesterday. There was a collective gasp in the carriage I was in. Pretty freaky seeing a train on fire.

  • chris.preez.5 - 2013-01-23 11:42

    This was just the start of a crazy useless day by Metrorail. They just announced that people should make alternative transport plans.. (even though this should be done through PRASA)then, all teh ticket offices and info kiosk at CPT central station just closed at 17:15... no explination or help for anyone. No ticket controllers where to be found anywhere. Metrorail clearly does not care about their commuters. They didnt make a plan to get passengers to a usable station, or even tried to communicate with stranded passengers.

      Joy Shan - 2014-06-15 09:45

      Hi, Chris--my name is Joy and I'm a reporter for GroundUp writing a story about commuters' experiences on MetroRail. WIll you please email me at joy [dot] shan [at] yale [dot] edu to tell me more about this experience? Thank you so much!

  • jchirova - 2013-01-23 13:57

    metro rail is useless. since the begining of this year (2013) the simon's town to cape town are always late in the mornings. it has only be on time only on monday 21 january 2013. there is a lot of apoligies everyday. i think the the entire management must go. As for the acts os vandaerlism/sabotage i am strongly against it. i hope the responsible person/s will be tracked down and let the law take it's course. these people need instant justice from the public if caught as they are bad people in the society

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