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VIA Rail extra locomotive catches fire near Alexandria

An extra locomotive on a VIA Rail train caught fire Sunday afternoon just east of Ottawa.

A rider on the train tells CFRA VIA staff evacuated the people in the back car, closest to the extra locomotive being pulled by the train to another destination, to others seats while the fire was put out by crews from Alexandria's fire department.

The train stalled at Canyon Concession Road near Alexandria around 4 p.m. It got rolling again at 6:30p.m. and VIA Rail did not need to send buses for the passengers though, a VIA Rail spokesperson told CFRA they were prepared to.

The stalled train was coming from Montreal, stopping in Ottawa then continuing to Toronto – it’s train number 57. VIA Rail says the stalled trip will delay number 59 from Toronto to Montreal by about 40 minutes Sunday evening.

There were no injuries and no word on what caused the fire on the locomotive - which was non-operational and just being pulled by the train to another destination.

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