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Passengers evacuated from train at Scots railway station after fire on-board

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Passengers were evacuated from a train this morning at a Scots railway station after a fire was reported on-board.

Fire crews raced to Cupar Station in Fife after a blaze took hold of a train there.

Flames were reported in the front carriage of a passenger train, leading to the whole railway line shutting as it was dealt with.

It is understood to have involved a Caledonian Sleeper service.

Scotrail helped to evacuate all passengers on the train while firefighters moved in to extinguish the fire.

Currently, trains are unable to run through Cupar, with a diversion being put in place.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said: "We got a call out to Cupar after reports of a train fire at 5.46am.

"It was a passenger train, with the front carriage isolated from the rest of the trains.

"Crews worked to extinguish the fire, while the passengers were removed by Scotrail, with no reported casualties.

"The stop message was received at 7.26am after three appliances were sent out, two from Cupar and one from Auchtermuchty.

"We used two hose-reel jets, a thermal imaging camera and two breathing apparatuses.

"We are working alongside Network Rail engineers and remain on-scene."

Scotrail has suspended all trains between Edinburgh and Arbroath due to this incident.

Passengers are being urged to use their tickets on other services to complete their journey home.

A BTP spokeswoman revealed that the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

She said: "'Officers were called to Cupar station at 5.56am this morning (15 September) following reports of a train fire.

"Fire crews also attended, passengers were evacuated and the fire was extinguished.

"The incident is not being treated as suspicious."

A Caledonian Sleeper spokesman blamed the fire on an electrical fault and apologised for the disruption caused.

He said: "One of the locomotives pulling our Northbound Highlander service to Aberdeen suffered a technical issue this morning, resulting in damage to some underframe electrical cables and some smoke.

"All of our guests and staff were safely taken off the train at Cupar as a precaution, and they are currently completing their journeys by alternative transport.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused our guests and other rail users.

"The passenger coaches were unaffected, and the defective locomotive has been removed from the train and returned to our maintenance facility.

"All of tonight's Caledonian Sleeper services are due to run as scheduled."

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