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Eurostar trains disrupted after lightning sparks fire

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-28

Eurostar train services suffered severe delays on Thursday evening after a lightning strike sparked a fire on the English side of the Channel Tunnel.

According to Eurostar's Twitter stream, the line lost overhead electrical power near Ashford in southeast England after lightning struck a transformer.

It initially said that four trains – two from Paris, one from London, and another from Brussels – were heading back to their points of departure.

But in a later update, Eurostar said London-bound trains would continue to their destination.

All trains finally arrived at London's St Pancras terminal by 01.40 am GMT, according to Eurostar.

"Customers are being offered taxis and hotels where necessary, but we are hoping to have everything back to normal shortly," a spokesman told AFP.

There were no reports of any injuries, and no trains had been stuck in the tunnel.

Kent Fire and Rescue said they attended a "number of incidents" following a storm in the Folkestone and Dover areas, including an electrical substation at the Dollands Moore Freight Depot, in Folkestone.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-03-28

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