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Early morning train catches fire sending black smoke into sky

A huge fire has been sparked on a freight train on a line out of London into Kent.

An enormous column of thick black smoke could be seen pluming into the sky after the train caught ablaze between Sevenoaks and Kent this morning.

The fire shut down the Southeastern rail route between Sevenoaks and Orpington, spelling commuting misery for those still heading into the Capital

The power has been switched off on the lines at Dunton Green, affecting Southeastern and Thameslink services.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has urged people in the area to close windows and doors, and to avoid the area if possible.

All services between Orpington and Sevenoaks will be stopped until at least 9am, with diversions via Bat and Ball for the Hastings and Paddock Wood lines.

One video of the fire is taken from the carriage of a train stuck behind the one ablaze.

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In it a driver’s feet can be seen rested against the window of the carriage.

Down the line, perhaps 200m away from the driver, the train can be seen on fire.

Flames course around the vehicle as two railway workers and a fire fighter look on.

“Crews are working hard to contain a train fire close to Dunton Green, near Rye in the Sevenoaks area,” a spokesperson for the fire service said.

“There is likely to be disruption to train services for some time.

“People in the area are asked to close windows and doors due to a smoke plume, and to avoid the area if possible.”