Barcelona metro fire causes rush-hour commuter ordeal

Commuters were facing a tough morning in Barcelona on Tuesday when all of the city’s most central stations were closed after a fire broke out.

The fire broke out in the Arc de Triomf railway station and after “several hours’ work” firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze according to Catalan newspaper, La Vanguardia.

But smoke from the fire has made its way through the tunnels – forcing the closure of several cercanías stations: Sagrera Meridiana, Arc de Triomf, Clot Aragó, Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona Estació de França and Plaça Catalunya.

Continua l’actiació dels bombers a l’estació d’Arc de Triomf,vd’on surt una pudor de plàstic cremat #trenRAC1 #rod4 pic.twitter.com/9nZGPZzGfv
— Albert Parés #Sí (@albertpares) February 9, 2016

Line 1 of Barcelona’s metro is also affected between Glòries and Plaça Espanya.

Foc no elèctric. Extingit. Produït per acumulació de deixalles i altres materials a l’antiga estació d’Arc de Triomf.
— Bombers Barcelona (@BCN_Bombers) February 9, 2016

“It was not an electrical fault. It was caused by an accumulation of waste and other material in the old Arc de Triomf station,” Barcelona’s fire brigade confirmed on Twitter. 

Renfe, Spain’s national rail authority, has recommended that those travelling into the city take alternative means of transport this morning. 

panorama rait nau andanes de #Rodalies a #Sants que van a Martorell i Vilafranca. mitja hora d’espera… pic.twitter.com/rEFHUlzamV
— Clara Blanchar (@clarablanchar) February 9, 2016

The scene at Sants metro station. 

Renfe confirmed in a statement that technicians had noticed a build-up of smoke in Barcelona’s train tunnels “at around 1am on Tuesday morning” and immediately “called the Barcelona fire brigade”. 

Passengers can log on to http://rodalies.gencat.cat/en, renfe.mobi and www.adif.es for more information. 

Commuters were facing a tough morning in Barcelona on Tuesday when all of the city’s most central stations were closed after a fire broke out.
The fire broke out in the Arc de Triomf railway station and after “several hours’ work” firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze according to Catalan newspaper, La Vanguardia.
But smoke from the fire has made its way through the tunnels – forcing the closure of several cercanías stations: Sagrera Meridiana, Arc de Triomf, Clot Aragó, Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona Estació de França and Plaça Catalunya.
Line 1 of Barcelona’s metro is also affected between Glòries and Plaça Espanya.
“It was not an electrical fault. It was caused by an accumulation of waste and other material in the old Arc de Triomf station,” Barcelona’s fire brigade confirmed on Twitter. 
Renfe, Spain’s national rail authority, has recommended that those travelling into the city take alternative means of transport this morning. 
The scene at Sants metro station. 
Renfe confirmed in a statement that technicians had noticed a build-up of smoke in Barcelona’s train tunnels “at around 1am on Tuesday morning” and immediately “called the Barcelona fire brigade”. 
Passengers can log on to http://rodalies.gencat.cat/en, renfe.mobi and www.adif.es for more information. 

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