Engine fire causes evacuation of over 100 Irish Rail passengers

Smoke from the engine fire (Pic: @AlanFarrell)
Smoke from the engine fire (Pic: @AlanFarrell)

Over 100 passengers were evacuated from an Irish Rail train after one of its engines went on fire this morning.

The 9.40am Drogheda to Pearse four-carraige service was forced to stop at Clongriffin as a result.

"Smoke suddenly started filling up the carriage and people all around me began to panic," a witness told

"There was a mad dash to get off and someone was screaming to get out."

According to Irish Rail spokesperson Barry Kenny, the train driver received an automated alert that one of the four carraige engines was ablaze.

"He responded to the alert excellently. The central station was told of the incident immediately and the driver stopped at Clongriffin where all of the passengers disembarked safely," Mr Kenny told

Dublin Fire Brigade responded to the scene and are currently on the train line at Clongriffin.

It is understood that between 100 and 150 passengers were aboard the train at the time of the incident.

There were no injuries reported.

Commuter delays for rail passengers on the northbound line are expected to be at least 40 minutes.