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

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

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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