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

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    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.