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Swift response deals with small fire on train near Burnham railway station

A swift response from firefighters and partner agencies ensured passengers were kept safe following a small engine fire on a train.

The train was near Burnham and travelling to London Paddington when a small fire broke out in the rear engine of the passenger train.

Group Manager Dom Manton, who was RBFRS’ Incident Commander at the scene of the fire, said: “The response to this fire was very well organised, ensuring that passengers were kept safe at all times.

“We worked closely with the Rail Incident Officer, British Transport Police and South Central Ambulance Service to ensure that the incident could be dealt with as quickly as possible.”

At 11.21pm on Wednesday 26 July, Thames Valley Fire Control Service received reports of the fire.

Crews from Slough, Maidenhead, Bracknell fire stations and a Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service crew from Aylesbury Fire Station were sent to the scene.

Upon arrival, firefighters worked closely with rail incident officers to tackle the fire safely. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used CO2 extinguishers and one hose reel to extinguish the small fire.

After the fire was extinguished, the train was moved to Slough Train Station so all passengers could leave the train safely and continue with their journeys. It was then moved to a storage bay near Paddington where it was inspected by London Fire Brigade to ensure that there were no further signs of fire.