Fire alarm leads to London station evacuation, several hurt

Published on : Thursday, February 9, 2017

several hurtSEVERAL people were injured and a busy London station was evacuated after an explosion was caused by an “electrical fault” on a rush-hour train. Emergency services had to be rushed to Dalston Kingsland Overground station following reports of a fire at the London station after passengers reported a loud bang. An overheating drill carried by a workman on board is said to have caused the alert.


British Transport Police says the incident is not being treated as suspicious.


Duncan Cross, deputy director of London Overground, said: “At around 7.14am today there was an incident involving a faulty drill that was being carried to work by a customer at Dalston Kingsland. The train was evacuated and the emergency services attended.


Hackney Council said there are “several walking wounded” and warned residents to avoid the area after passengers were seen jumping onto the tracks to escape the smoke-filled carriage.


British Transport Police say the train had an electrical fault as firefighters were called to the scene.


At least three people were injured on the train as it waited at a platform as witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the carriage.


London Fire Brigade (LFB) said firefighters had extinguished the drill’s battery after it started smoking.


An LFB spokeswoman said: “Firefighters have dealt with a small incident on a train at Dalston Kingsland station this morning.


“A workman’s drill had overheated and started smoking. Firefighters extinguished the battery and placed it in a bucket of sand.


“The station was evacuated.”


British Transport Police said the incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time.


In a tweet, Hackney Fire Brigade said: “Crews were investigating an electrical issue with a train to ensure safety. All declared safe!”


Overground services between Canonbury and Stratford were suspended causing travel chaos for commuters.


Video from the scene in east London, shows people standing alongside the tracks and along the platform at the London Overground station.


A man in a high-visibility jacket can be heard telling commuters “it was a small fire”, and Deejay Robert K, who posted the clip, said smoke was causing “chaos”.


It is understood London Ambulance Service and police were at the scene and the train was evacuated at around 7.14am.


London Fire Brigade in Hackney said crews from Stoke Newington were called to the incident.

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