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Channel Tunnel services resume after fire

Train service through the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain resumed early Sunday, a day after a lorry fire forced the crucial link's closure and suspension of all trains, operator Eurotunnel said.

Channel Tunnel services resume after fire
Photo: Denis Charlet/AFP

"Our passenger service is currently operating to schedule with up to one departure per hour," the firm said on its website.

Services resumed from Britain at 2:45 am local time and from France at 4.30am, it said on Twitter.

Eurostar, which offers passenger rail services between London, Brussels and Paris, said schedules would return to normal on Sunday.

The fire Saturday forced all Eurostar trains already en route to turn back to their stations of origin, while 42 people were evacuated from the truck shuttle using the service tunnel.

Police in southern England have said the fire was "at the French end of the tunnel and is being dealt with by the French authorities."

"There are no reported injuries," police added.

The fire sparked travel chaos in Britain and France with long queues for refunds reported at London's St. Pancras station.

In November 2012, a fire on a freight train halted traffic in the tunnel for two hours.

Four years earlier, a lorry fire caused major damage in the tunnel, affecting 650 metres of the structure and gumming up traffic for 30 hours.

Some 400 trains and 1.5 million lorries pass through the tunnel every day.

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POLICE

Fire ravages building near Paris opera house

Police in the French capital have advised people to avoid the Boulevard des Capucines, near Place de l'Opéra, after a building caught fire.

A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra. Emergency services say to avoid the area.
A large fire has broken out near Paris' Place de l'Opéra (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

A large building has caught fire on the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. 

Images posted on social media show plumes of black smoke coming out of the old haussmanian building as fire engines attend to the blaze.

It is not yet clear what the cause of the fire was. 

French police have advised the public to stay away from the area to allow access for fire engines. 

We will be updating this story as we get more information. 

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