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London subway fire: 4 treated for smoke inhalation

The cause was an electrical fault under one of the carriages


Associated Press

LONDON — A fire broke out on a London subway train Friday, leaving passengers choking on smoke and sparking the rush-hour evacuation of one of the busiest stations on the transit network.

Firefighters dealt with a small blaze aboard a Bakerloo Line train at Oxford Circus station, and paramedics treated four people for smoke inhalation, taking two of them to a hospital as a precaution, authorities said.

Commuters cover their mouths as smoke fills the carriage of a Bakerloo line train. (Joe Bunting via AP)
Commuters cover their mouths as smoke fills the carriage of a Bakerloo line train. (Joe Bunting via AP)

Passengers said staff ordered everyone to leave the station just before 9 a.m. as smoke billowed from a train.

Passenger Tom Singer tweeted a photograph of smoke filling a carriage and spilling onto a platform. Another photo posted by Joe Bunting showed passengers in a smoky subway car covering their mouths and noses.

Subway operator Transport for London said the cause was an electrical fault under one of the carriages.

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