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Train on fire in Channel Tunnel

Eurostar train
Eurostar said passenger services were suspended because of the fire

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has sent crews to help tackle a fire on a freight train in the Channel Tunnel.

Train services have been suspended following the fire which broke out about seven miles from France on a train going from Folkestone to Calais.

A spokeswoman for Eurotunnel said the train had been evacuated, with 32 people taken into a service tunnel.

French firefighters are understood to have the incident under control. Eurotunnel said one section was closed.

It has suspended services in both directions while emergency services deal with the incident.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it was alerted at 1457 BST and sent five pumps.

A train is now on its way from France to pick up the people, believed to be lorry drivers and the train driver, from the service.

They will be taken back to France.

Kent Police said people in the area should delay or vary travel arrangements if possible.

They said it was possible they may have to implement Operation Stack to allow lorries to park on the M20 while there are delays to continental traffic.

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