Train Track Fire – On Monday, July 11, 2022, a spark in the sweltering metropolis caused timber beams to catch fire near train tracks on a bridge. Steve White, managing director of Southeastern Railway shared the news on Twitter as he expressed his thanks to the rail company and the London Fire Brigade for responding promptly to the fire.
Cause of the fire
The incident took place on the track between Wandsworth Road and London Victoria and caused the suspension of services between Victoria and Brixton. Network Rail Southeast responded to Steve White’s tweet by posting a picture of the fire and emphasizing that the heat was “going to be a serious challenge” in the upcoming week.
The organization described how the tracks caught fire in a second post. It was said that the bridge’s wheel timbers caught fire because they were so dry. The group did, however, add that they “don’t know for sure, it’s possible a stray spark set them alight.”
The inspection had “passed the line fit for operation,” according to Network Rail’s assurance. In the wake of the event, the organization said it would continue to investigate if the tracks needed to be replaced.
This incident occurred as the country is experiencing high temperatures. The BBC reports that temperatures in the UK are anticipated to reach 34 degrees Celsius. To alert the public to probable health risks and transportation problems brought on by the heat, the Met Office issued an extreme weather warning.
There are apparently level three heat-health alerts in effect for the southern, central, and eastern parts of England. In order to combat the heat, officials encouraged people to stay indoors whenever possible and to drink lots of water. The heat-health warnings are anticipated to last into the following weekend, according to reports.