NEWSFLASH: Fire breaks out at Wonderboom train station

A fire at Wonderboom train station destroyed five train carriages on Thursday afternoon.

Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said they reacted from their Wonderboom premises, which is only a few kilometers away.

Emergency services were on the scene soon after the fire was reported around 16:45.

“[The fire] was reported by Prasa,” said Pieterse.

“We activated three other stations to assist and as we know there are water problems [in Wonderboom], we also arranged for a water tanker.”

ALSO READ: 5 things you need to know about the new “People’s train”

Fire breaks out at Wonderboom station. Photo: Sinoville Brandbestryding Vereniging (SBBV)

Pieterse said four coaches were on fire when they arrived.

“We had to wait for an electricity certificate from Prasa as we cannot just fight electrical installations with water,” he said.

In that time, a fifth and sixth coach caught alight.

Watch this video by Marlize Booy Schmidt‎.

The train had nine coaches in total but emergency services managed to disconnect four.

Five burnt out completely but three were saved and one sustained some damage.

Pieterse said they managed to bring the fire under control in 30min but stayed on the scene for several hours.

ALSO READ: Train hits vehicle in Pretoria North

All the emergency services were there, including ambulances and police.

Police had to get involved in crowd control as a crowd of spectators had gathered.

The smoke and fire could be seen from miles away.

Pieterse said the cause of the fire was unclear

He said Prasa and the SAPS were investigating.

Fire breaks out at Wonderboom station. Photo: Sinoville Brandbestryding Vereniging (SBBV)

Do you have more information about the story? Please send us an email to editorial@rekord.co.za or phone us on 083 625 4114.

For free breaking and community news, visit Rekord’s websites:

Rekord East

Rekord North

Rekord Centurion

Rekord Moot

For more news and interesting articles, like Rekord on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

find your
dream home

looking for an
affordable
apartment

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News

COMMENTS

pta_moot ptaeast ptanorthgetitlooklocal.co.zaAutodealer.co.za
Top
Recommended Story
NEWSFLASH: Thief killed in fiery blaze in the east

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

SUBSCRIBE
to our free NEWSLETTER
!
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Centurion Rekord
Rekord East
Rekord Moot
Rekord North


Your details:


Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)
Other