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TRAIN lines were closed this morning in Exeter after an empty carriage caught fire.
Network Rail has said there will be significant disruption while emergency services tackle the blaze and the train is removed from the track.
Train lines were closed this morning in Exeter after a carriage caught fire
Network Rail said the fire broke out next to the track between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton ParkwayA spokesman said the fire broke out next to the track between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway, Devon Live has reported.
It is believed the train was stopped near Exeter Brewery and an eyewitness said black smoke was coming from the engine compartment of the train which then suddenly burst into flames.
The driver and the train manager both escaped the fire without injury and it is not believed anyone else was on the train at the time.
National Rail has tweeted to say lines between Exeter St Davids and Tiverton Parkway are now reopen but some services may be "revised or delayed".
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it received a call just before 5am this morning about a fire in an empty passenger carriage.
When fire crews arrived at the scene they discovered the blaze was located in the engine compartment.
It also confirmed that the fire has now been "scaled down" though two crews remain on the scene to ensure the scene is safe.
This article first appeared on www.thesun.co.uk
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