Flames rip through train as smoke billows and locals told to shut their windows

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Flames tore through a train after it left a station, with fire crews dispatched to the scene and locals warned to shut their windows.

The goods train caught fire in Sevenoaks, Kent, with emergency services called at 5.16am this morning, April 23.

It set alight as it pulled out of Dunton Green train station.

All services between Orpington and Sevenoaks have since been suspended, with a replacement bus service now in operation.

No trains are calling at Dunton Green, Knockholt or Chelsfield stations.

The fire was extinguished by around 7.45am, with no injuries reported.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue said: "At its height, six fire engines were at the scene, alongside other agencies and emergency services.

"Crews wearing breathing apparatus worked hard in difficult conditions to contain and control the fire with a special foam designed to smother the flames.

"There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire has not been established."

Network Rail Kent and Sussex tweeted: "Once we’ve moved the damaged tamper, a machine which restores the level of the track, we’ll need to check for damage to the track & what repairs might be needed.

"At the moment, we estimate it could take most of the morning to clear so check @Se_Railway for travel updates."

Earlier this week, firefighters extinguished a "significant" blaze at a large factory in Sparkhill, Birmingham.

The fire service were at the scene of the blaze overnight working tirelessly after crews were called at around 11pm on Thursday night, April 22.

Firefighters arrived at the scene in under four minutes and set about evacuating 40 houses in the vicinity, with 10 people needing to be rehoused.

West Midlands Fire Service will be at the scene for the rest of the day dampening down the factory and ensuring the fire does not restart.

In a video captured in the Pentos Drive area, huge plumes of smoke could be seen rising from the ground, and photos shared by the fire service showed severe damage to a building.

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