Electrical fault triggers fire in London Underground train, passengers evacuated

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-11 20:15:25|Editor: ying
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LONDON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Oxford Circus tube station here was shut down for a while Friday due to a fire that broke out in a train, and the passengers on board have been evacuated, local media reported.

Transport for London confirmed the fire was caused by an electrical fault and said a "comprehensive investigation" will take place.

Nigel Holness, London Underground's director of network operations, said "the cause of the smoke was an electrical fault under one of the carriages, which resulted in a small fire that was quickly extinguished."

A Bakerloo Line train caught fire this morning, sparking panic as people fled Oxford Circus London Underground station, the Sun reported on its website.

Commuters were told at rush hour to take other routes as one of London's busiest tube station was evacuated.

According to the report, shocking pictures posted on social media showed smoke pouring from carriage doors as commuters headed to work during the morning rush hour.

The Daily Telegraph reported that a witness said the smoke was spreading, tweeting: "There has been some fire at Oxford Circus. Smoke in the tunnels and station evacuated. Avoid area!"

Another said that "smoke filled my carriage" as he passed through the station.