A fire at a London train station elicited some terrorism fears this week, but officials believe that an electrical fault is to blame for the small explosion. The relatively small-sized and quickly contained fire occurred at Charing Cross, one of the most widely used and populated railway stations in London, Great Britain. The New York Daily News reported this Sunday, November 23, 2014, that the flames broke out yesterday morning, but were quickly suppressed before catching to other parts of the building or trains.
Although some witnesses may have thought foul play was involved, a fire London train station scare this Sunday appears to have been due to an accident involving an electrical fault. Officials suspect this is to blame for a small explosion that erupted at Charing Cross, which was quickly evacuated after the fiery blast. The source site notes that the incident occurs only a few days after several people were wounded from a large gas explosion that erupted in the lower levels of London’s famous Hyatt Regency hotel.
Fortunately in this case, there were no people injured in the sudden fire at Charing Cross station. Nonetheless, there appears to have been some serious buzz and worry on sites like Facebook and Twitter after the blast. The source shares that some people were mentioned Islamic militants still posed a serious security threat to British forces. Photos captured of the flames also show a number of passengers keeping a safe distance away from the passenger train that caught fire before everyone was evacuated.
In an update this week shared via News Max, British officials have confirmed that no one was hurt in the small explosion or resulting fire. Transport Police at Charing Cross station do not suspect foul play, but an investigation has been launched into the dangerous incident. With terrorism threats at a considerable high in the UK, many were worried the blast might have been connected.
“At this stage this fire is believed to have been the result of an electrical fault and there are no suspicious circumstances,” a spokesperson for the train station said in a public statement. “The station was evacuated as a precaution and no-one was injured.”
Although it was only temporary, the Fire London train station incident did result in a delay of all train transportation services throughout Charing Cross for a time. The station was anticipated to open several hours later toward Sunday evening once the location was deemed safe for travellers once again. According to a report from the London Fire Brigade, the subsequent explosion was relatively small and only struck a minor portion of the front carriage of a single stationary train.