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Fire In The Channel Tunnel  
User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4315 posts, RR: 28
Posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1794 times:



Quote:
LONDON, England (CNN) -- A fire broke out on a freight train Thursday as it traveled in the tunnel under the English Channel, Eurotunnel officials said.
The Channel Tunnel has freight and passengers trains running through it.

No passenger trains were going through the tunnel at the time of the fire, they said. It is unclear if the fire has been contained.

People inside the Chunnel were evacuated through a service tunnel that runs between the two train-carrying tunnels, the officials said.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/09/11/tunnel.fire/index.html

I believe this is the second fire in the tunnel's history. I hope it is not shut down for very long.


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Confirmed.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7610919.stm

A chemical truck which I assumed were banned in the Channel Tunnel.



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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5126 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

ITV news reports the fire is still burning, but is "under control"


That'll teach you
User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

Tonite there is absolute chaos at Paris Gare du Nord station..
Hundreds of angry clients want to return to London,but the situation is still very unclear-it seems the incident is still not fixed.
The french interior minister went to Calais this eveneing inspecting the efforts to restore traffic. Since the incident happened in the tunnel under the channel,the responsible operator is Eurotunnel and not SNCF or British Rail-which complicates things.



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User currently offlineMoo From Falkland Islands, joined May 2007, 3867 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1734 times:

I'm so glad I chose to fly tomorrow rather than take the tunnel - hopefully LCY won't be too bad because of this!

User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Le Figaro site reporting the incident is still not fixed..
That means the lorry (loaded with dangerous chemicals ) is burning since some hours in a tunnel- one can immagine the difficulties to get to the incident..



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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

According to Channel 4 News the Tunnel will be closed until at least tomorrow morning. Firefighters are currently investigating and there may have been a small explosion in the tunnel.

User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

As of news this morning the fire is still raging- several waggons have cought fire and the temperatures have reached 1000 degrees celsius..
reason for the incident was a truck loaded with highly toxic and inflamable chemicals ;the truck for un unknown reason ,slipped on the waggon and cought fire.
It is expected that the tunnel will remain closed for some days....



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User currently offlineDukeofDashes From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

Damn, I was planning on going to London this weekend, and then taking a train out on Tuesday. I hope order is restored before then.

User currently offlineDavehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 7):
highly toxic and inflamable chemicals

I'm surprised after the last fire that anything like that would be allowed through the tunnel. I hope they get it under control ASAP.

Edit. BBC website says that the fire is out but that there still remains a number of English and French firefighters in there. Also the plan seems to be to reintroduce a very limited service through the Southbound tunnel as soon as possible. Looks like the P&O, Seafrance and Norfolk Line are going to see a lot of car traffic and the airlines a fair bit of business traffic in the coming days.

[Edited 2008-09-12 03:07:16]

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1541 times:



Quoting Davehammer (Reply 9):
Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 7):
highly toxic and inflamable chemicals

I'm surprised after the last fire that anything like that would be allowed through the tunnel. I hope they get it under control ASAP.

If this stuff was already banned, the truck operator probably lied to them about the nature of his cargo. How can you prevent this without having to hire a chemist and to set up an analytical lab at each railhead?
The rail company, same as airlines, have to rely on what the customer tells them.

Jan


User currently offlineDavehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1538 times:



Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
If this stuff was already banned, the truck operator probably lied to them about the nature of his cargo. How can you prevent this without having to hire a chemist and to set up an analytical lab at each railhead?
The rail company, same as airlines, have to rely on what the customer tells them.

True. Guess I was being a bit naive there. If so I hope they throw the book at them.


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13033 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1523 times:

The cargo may have been legal under certain conditions to be transported through he Chunnel, but there was some failure to secure the wagon/truck or it's cargo properly. I was visiting in the UK in November 1996 when they had a major incident in the Chunnel. I remember it was a major story there and significant damage occurred, then changes were made to reduce the risks of such incidents again.

User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3736 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1515 times:



Quoting RedFlyer (Thread starter):
believe this is the second fire in the tunnel's history.

There have been more, although this is probably the second worst after the 1996 fire.

There have been a total of 7 fire related incidents/accidents, according to the press, although I can't find a link.

The main 3 were the 1996 fire, this one and another one that occured in 2006 in which another truck caught fire on a train, producing no significant damage.



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User currently offlineRsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

The ferry operators will by rubbing thiewr hands together, im supposed to be taking the ferry on thursday, hope theres no delays due to increased traffic. last ferry trip we sat in the channel for 3 hours due to strikes on the docks in calais, all we could do was sit, wait and drink.

User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1492 times:
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Contributors to this site have long been critical of the mainstream media regarding their knowledge of aviation.
Well it isn't just aviation, one of the major TV networks here in Sydney stated on it's evening news that Channel tunnel passenger services were not affected as they use separate tunnels.

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