Irish Rail investigating after Dublin-bound commuter train catches fire

Services were delayed after pipe leaking caused engine blaze on Drogheda-Dublin train

Irish Rail investigating after Dublin-bound commuter train catches fire

The scene at Clongriffin station this morning | Photo courtesy of Kevin Lynch

Irish Rail has launched an investigation after a small blaze forced the evacuation of a Dublin-bound commuter train.

The 9.40am service from Drogheda caught fire just under an hour into its journey.

Passengers were told to disembark at Clongriffin station and photos posted from the platform showed smoke billowing from the four-carriage train.

Irish Rail said this afternoon that the fire was confined to the engine and at no stage entered the passenger area.

The flames were extinguished by a fire suppression system before emergency services arrived, the railway service said.

Irish Rail added that the driver contacted central traffic control staff to notify fire services after an automatic warning alerted him to the fire.

“On-board safety systems operated correctly, and the driver responded professionally to ensure all precautions were taken and passenger safety prioritised,” it said.

The engine fire was caused by leaking of a fuel injector return pipe, a spokesperson for the company told Newstalk.

Full services are now operating to schedule following delays of over an hour on the line.