Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters Flee as Train Bursts into Flames during Rush-Hour

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Commuters Flee as Train Bursts into Flames during Rush-Hour

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Byline: Ben Morgan

PASSENGERS were forced to flee a rush-hour train when smoke and flames began leaping from under the carriages.

Terrified commuters on the 17.56 from Victoria to Dartford, operated by Southeastern, spotted sparks shooting up from beneath the wheels as the train arrived at Denmark Hill station.

Passengers were evacuated and the station was closed as fire crews were called at around 6.10pm last night.

The passengers fled down the platform past the smouldering carriages to escape. Eight carriages and an electrical box were damaged during the blaze, but no injuries were reported.

An investigation was launched today into the fire, thought to be caused by an electrical fault.

The platform was cordoned off as the train remained at the station with black scorch marks reaching up the sides.

Marketing consultant Dave Dalrymple-Pryd, 25, from Peckham, filmed the dramatic scenes.

He told the Standard: "I was heading back from work when somewhere between Brixton and Denmark Hill we began to see sparks flying up. …

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