Fire crews called to Northampton rail station

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Trains were briefly stopped at Northampton’s rail station this morning after firefighters were called.

An emergency call was made at 4.06am when a point heater caught fire at the trackside.

A crew from The Mounts and another from Mereway attended and the lines had to be shut down. However the firefighters found the blaze was out when they arrived.

A spokeswoman at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service control room said: “Trains were briefly stopped for crew safety but the heater had self-extinguished when we arrived. The stop message was given at 5.14am.”

The trains were understood to have being prepared at the time before the first journeys of the day.