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© Philippe Huguen / AFP (file) | File picture shows passengers boarding Eurostar at St Pancras International, London

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-25

Around 700 Eurostar passengers were left stranded for eight hours Sunday night after a fire broke out on board, cutting power and lighting to the stricken train.

The train came to a halt south of the town of Arras, northern France, Sunday evening after “an electrical incident on the engine car", Eurostar said in a statement on Monday.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze with no reported injuries. But with the fire taking out power to the train, passengers were plunged into darkness while they waited to get on the move again.

Many took to Twitter to vent their anger at Eurostar, complaining of the stench from overflowing toilets, a lack of food and water and little information being given by Eurostar staff.

A diesel train eventually arrived to take the passengers to Arras station before they were able to board another Eurostar to bring them to Paris.

They finally disembarked in the French capital at 4:30 am local time on Monday morning, nearly eight hours after the scheduled arrival time of 8:47 pm the day before.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
 

Date created : 2016-01-25

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