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Channel Tunnel closed after fire on chemicals truck

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The Channel Tunnel between France and Britain has been closed following a fire.

No one was seriously injured but several people were hurt by broken glass and a small number of others suffered from inhaling smoke or other fumes.

The French Interior Ministry said the fire started in a lorry transporting phenol, a toxic product used by the pharmaceutical industry.

It broke out around lunchtime on a freight train about 11 kilometres from the entrance to the French side of the tunnel. Some 50 people were evacuated.

Operator Eurostar said no passenger trains were involved but that all services have been cancelled until further notice.

In 1996, the tunnel was badly damaged by a similar fire.