Station evacuated after train blaze
Charing Cross station was evacuated as emergency services dealt with a fire on a train.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) quickly brought the conflagration in a front carriage under control at the central London station.
Around 100 people were rushed out of the busy central London station at around 10.50am as a precaution amid false rumours that a bomb had gone off.
Two people were checked by paramedics but no-one was injured.
British Transport Police (BTP) said that the fire was thought to have been caused by an electrical fault and that there were no suspicious circumstances.
Pictures and videos posted on social media showed the flames and people fleeing the station.
Several fire engines and London Ambulance Service (LAS) vehicles could be seen outside the busy station by Trafalgar Square, which reopened at about 1.15pm.
LFB said that only a small number of people were on the affected service to Hastings in East Sussex.
Eileen Harris, 60, and her son Daniel, 26, were on the train on platform six to travel to Tunbridge Wells in Kent when the fire started.
Ms Harris said: "Suddenly the doors burst open and a woman ran through shouting there's a bomb on the train, everybody get off.
"We ran away towards the opposite end of the station because I thought that if there was a bomb, they'd probably take out the concourse.
"But the staff kept saying to us come back in and we really didn't want to come back through the station, because by then there was thick smoke.
"We were marshalled out here and told that it'd be closed for a very long time, and then the emergency services turned up.
"Where the fire was there were big bangs and pops and flashes. And the smoke, the smoke was the worst thing."
Mr Harris said: "There was fire and lots of thick smoke, so we assumed that there was a bomb ripping through the train.
"People were running through the train and my first thought was the reason they're running down the train is because they can't get off.
"No-one really knew what was going on."
They left their possessions and Ms Harris' coat on the train, and the police retrieved them for her.
Annika Anwary, who works in the station and saw the fire, said: "I was in the staffroom. I heard the alarm so I came upstairs and I saw the train was burning on the platform.
"There were quite a lot of flames and flashing lights as well.
"People were just all running out of there. Most of them had already left by the time I came up.
"They tried to stay calm but there were definitely people running."
LFB said about 5% of the front carriage was alight. Firefighters were called at 10.52am and the fire was under control by 11.25am
Station manager Norman Perry, who was at the scene, said: "A small section of the carriage was damaged by the fire and it caused a lot smoke.
"As well as tackling the fire, firefighters ensured the station and its shops and cafes were properly ventilated so it was safe for people to come back onto the concourse as soon as possible."
Some 35 firefighters and six fire engines from Soho, Euston and Lambeth attended the incident.
A LAS spokeswoman said: "We were called at 10.55am to reports of a fire on a train at Charing Cross.
"We sent a duty manager to the scene and two patients were checked over, but nobody was taken to hospital."
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "Officers from BTP attended platform six at Charing Cross railway station after a report at 10.50am of a fire.
"At this stage, the fire is believed to have been the result of an electrical fault and there are no suspicious circumstances.
"The station was evacuated as a precaution and no one was injured."