Kent

Eurotunnel awarded £202m by insurers after fire

Testing the new water mist system in the Channel Tunnel
Image caption Four safe fire extinguishing areas have been installed in the tunnel

Eurotunnel has been awarded a final total of £202m (253m euros) by insurers after a fire in the Channel Tunnel.

A statement from Groupe Eurotunnel said the money covered operating losses, repairs to the tunnel and damage to rolling stock in the 2008 blaze.

The fire, which broke out on a freight train on 11 September, injured 14 people and closed the tunnel between the UK and France for almost two days.

The tunnel fully reopened five months later.

More than £15.9m (20m euros) had been invested in four safe fire extinguishing areas since the fire, the statement issued on Monday said.

The aim of the safe zones was to control a fire and facilitate fire brigade intervention, it added.

The fire protection system uses sprinklers to deliver a water mist which starves fires of oxygen and prevents them from spreading.

Groupe Eurotunnel operates the Channel Tunnel between Kent and France.

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