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Dramatic pictures show extent of damage as flames rip through train

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Original article from Kent Live

A train carriage was engulfed by flames this morning (April 23), cancelling services between Sevenoaks and Dunton Green.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service teams were called to the scene at around 5.16am.

Crews battled the blaze for more than two hours as they worked to get the incident under control.

As many as six fire engines were sent to tackle the fire, where plumes of smoke could be seen billowing in the sky across Dunton Green.

Pictures of the huge blaze captured just how serious the incident was, with the emergency services urging people to keep their windows and doors closed.

Smoke and flames can be seen coming out of the service train

Despite the fire being put out at around 7.47am, Southeastern is warning delays to train services will be expected until midday today.

People have been advised to avoid the area entirely, if possible.

All trains between Orpington and Sevenoaks were suspended as the power had been switched off on the lines of Dunton Green.

Fire rips through freight train

This affected Southeastern and Thameslink services, however a rail replacement bus service was put in place for commuters.

A spokesman for Network Rail said that the clear up will take "most of the morning".

They also confirmed on Twitter that no one had been injured in the incident.

The damage is extensive

A spokesperson for Kent Fire and Rescue said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of a goods train alight near Dunton Green train station, in the Sevenoaks area, at 5.16am on Friday 23 April 2021.

"At its height, six fire engines were at the scene, alongside other agencies and emergency services.

"Crews wearing breathing apparatus worked hard in difficult conditions to contain and control the fire with a special foam designed to smother the flames.

"There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire has not been established."

Smoke and flames can be seen nearby in Dunton Green and Sevenoaks

A spokesman for Network Rail added on Twitter: "We don’t know yet what caused the fire but are working with @kentfirerescue who are investigating.

"We have lots of people on site right now working to get passengers moving again and that’s our priority. We’re sorry for the disruption this has caused."

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