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Eurostar resumes after yard fire
A stranded passenger waiting at Waterloo
Eurostar said passengers unable to travel could exchange tickets
Eurostar services have resumed after a fire at a breakers' yard in south-west London closed rail lines for 24 hours.

The fire, less than 100m from the track at Pensbury Place, near Clapham, was extinguished on Friday.

But a 200m hazard zone was put in place for 24 hours until a gas cylinder could be cooled. Nearby homes and businesses were evacuated.

Eurostar said normal services to and from Waterloo resumed after authorities allowed lines near the scene to reopen.

Ticket refunds

But it added: "We are unable to run additional services because of the train and crew displacements caused by the suspension."

A Eurostar spokesman said passengers who had been unable to travel could exchange tickets within two months, or have their tickets refunded.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at the breakers' yard at 1330 GMT on Friday.

The fire involved three scrapped cars and three tonnes of general scrap

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said the fire was quickly put out but an unidentified cylinder was involved.




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