The cause of Cambridgeshire train fire which saw passengers evacuated between Peterborough and Hitchin

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue
A train fire in Cambridgeshire was accidental (stock image) -Credit:Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

A train fire in Cambridgeshire on Sunday (May 5) was accidental, a fire and rescue service spokesperson has confirmed. Passengers were evacuated from the train after firefighters were called to the railway near St Neots at around 6.30pm.

The fire was in one of the train's coaches. Crews from St Neots, Gamlingay, and Huntingdon attended the incident.

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "The cause was concluded as accidental (electrical)." They added: "There were no persons involved."

No injuries were reported following the fire. Crews returned to their stations by 7.45pm after extinguishing the fire.

All lines were blocked between Peterborough and Hitchin while the fire brigade attended, with passengers hit by delays of up to 20 minutes. Electricity to the lines was switched off while the fire was being extinguished, according to a Great Northern spokesperson.

The lines were assessed for damage before reopening at around 7.30pm. Passengers faced delays until around midnight when normal service resumed.

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