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Barcelona metro fire causes rush-hour commuter ordeal

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09:43 CET+01:00
All trains running through the centre of Barcelona have been stopped because of smoke in the tunnels.

Commuters were facing a tough morning in Barcelona on Tuesday when all of the city's most central stations were closed after a fire broke out.

The fire broke out in the Arc de Triomf railway station and after “several hours' work” firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze according to Catalan newspaper, La Vanguardia.

But smoke from the fire has made its way through the tunnels – forcing the closure of several cercanías stations: Sagrera Meridiana, Arc de Triomf, Clot Aragó, Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona Estació de França and Plaça Catalunya.

Line 1 of Barcelona's metro is also affected between Glòries and Plaça Espanya.

"It was not an electrical fault. It was caused by an accumulation of waste and other material in the old Arc de Triomf station," Barcelona's fire brigade confirmed on Twitter. 

Renfe, Spain's national rail authority, has recommended that those travelling into the city take alternative means of transport this morning. 

The scene at Sants metro station. 

Renfe confirmed in a statement that technicians had noticed a build-up of smoke in Barcelona's train tunnels "at around 1am on Tuesday morning" and immediately "called the Barcelona fire brigade". 

Passengers can log on to http://rodalies.gencat.cat/en, renfe.mobi and www.adif.es for more information. 

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