Eurostar, Thalys resume train service at Gare du Nord in Paris after fire

Gare Du Nord

Gare Du Nord

Rail services from Paris’ central Gare du Nord, including Eurostar and Thalys trains, resumed late Tuesday several hours after traffic was paralysed by a transformer fire, authorities said.

The station is a main commuter hub notably serving London and Brussels, as well as Germany and the Netherlands.

“Power has been restored and traffic will gradually resume throughout the network,” a spokeswoman for France’s national rail operator SNCF told AFP.

Electricity to the tracks was cut and train services suspended around 6:30 pm (1630 GMT) after a fire damaged a transformer just north of Paris.

Authorities said they suspected that the fire was caused by a “malicious act”, as several people had been seen trying to steal electric cables.