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Authorities on Thursday halted all traffic running through the 50-kilometer (30-mile) Chunnel after a fire broke out inside the tunnel, which runs between Britain and France underneath the English Channel, Eurotunnel and fire officials said.

The fire started on a shuttle train carrying freight as it approached France, Eurotunnel said. No passenger trains were going through the tunnel at the time of the fire.

The fire continued to burn nearly four hours later, according to Georges Bos, the prefecture of France's Pas de Calais region. Read full article »