English Channel Tunnel Fire Extinguished

By: AP
By: AP

COQUELLES, France - A French official says firefighters have extinguished a blaze in the tunnel under the English Channel, but undersea train traffic remains suspended for a second day.

Gerard Gavory, deputy head of the Calais regional administration, told reporters the main fire was put out Friday morning, though firefighters were still putting out some flames .

Jacques Gounon, chief executive of Eurotunnel, said the undamaged southern passage of the Channel Tunnel, could reopen as soon as Friday evening.

The fire broke out Thursday afternoon on a truck aboard a 30-car shuttle train traveling from England to France, injuring 14 people. The 30-mile tunnel opened to passengers in 1994.

Officials said the fire appeared accidental.

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