Channel Tunnel Shut Down After Fire

The Channel Tunnel has been closed after a fire broke out on a freight train about seven miles from Calais.

Thirty-two people on board were led to safety, 14 of whom had suffered minor injuries, including smoke inhalation.

The blaze broke out on a lorry on board the shuttle train at about 1400 GMT, about 11km (7 miles) from the French entrance, the operator Eurotunnel said.

The fire has been contained but all trains have been suspended and thousands of passengers are stranded.

The fire was detected about four-fifths of the way through the 50km-long north tunnel on a freight shuttle travelling from Folkestone to Calais.

The French Interior Ministry said the lorry, which is understood to have overturned on the train, was carrying the chemical phenol, a toxic product used by the pharmaceutical industry.

The incident resulted in “minor injuries” but no-one was seriously hurt, Eurotunnel officials said.

A train was sent to collect the people from the service tunnel and take them back to France.

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