Arriva announce investigation into Manchester Piccadilly station train fire

By Nick Rawcliffe

The train fire at Manchester Piccadilly station last night is to be fully investigated by train operator Arriva.

The train arrived at the station at 17:50, when large trails of smoke could be seen coming from the train.

Arriva has launched their investigation but were unable to make a comment on the train’s problem.

An Arriva spokesperson said: “After speaking to the depot I can confirm that the train is currently being examined and a full investigation is taking place to ascertain the cause of the fire.

“At this point in time, the results are not yet available.”

Fire crews who dealt with the incident distinguished the fire in a relatively short time, with platform’s 13 and 14 already evacuated.

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We believe that the fire was caused by a problem relating to the hydraulic oil in the engine.”

The cause of the fire stated by the GMFRS has yet to be acknowledged by Arriva.

A spokesperson for the company said: “It will be another few days until the results of the investigation are made available.”

The driver of the train was treated at the scene for breathing difficulties after the smoke entered the driver’s cabin.

Arriva have stated that the driver was well and didn’t need any further medical care.

Photo thanks to Christine Burns.

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