Fire in tunnel under English Channel suspends traffic, 6 injured

PARIS (AP) -- Officials say six people were injured when a fire broke out on a train Thursday as it passed through the tunnel under the English Channel.

The tunnel's operator says firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze. The train was shuttling trucks between England and France. Thirty-two people were aboard, most of them truck drivers accompanying their vehicles.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it broke out on one of the trucks about seven miles from the French end of the 30-mile tunnel. Traffic through it has been halted until tomorrow.

French officials say several people were sent to hospitals around Calais. There's no word on whether they suffered smoke inhalation or something else, and there's no word on their conditions.

Fires have been rare in the 14 years since the tunnel opened to commercial traffic, though there was one as recently as two years ago.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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