Channel tunnel train blaze: fire crews from stations across north Kent were called to the Thames Tunnels site at Swanscombe to deal with a locomotive fire during the early evening of Tuesday August 16.(Incident Report)

A DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE hauling a construction train caught fire following a catastrophic failure within the engine compartment. The train was located 1,200 metres in from the Kent portal of the 3,300 metre long Thames Tunnels, which are located on section two of the high speed railway.

Fire Call and Response

A 999 call reporting a train on fire with two persons missing was received at the FRCC at 1908. The PDA of three RPL's, one pump, CSU and support pump and two officers were mobilised to the rendezvous point at the RMC as part of the emergency response plan to receive the fire wallet and a briefing from the contractors, incident commander.

Personnel from Essex Fire and Rescue Service stood by at the Essex portal in accordance with the jointly agreed tunnel emergency plan. …

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