'Tube fire' at Oxford Circus sparks evacuation in central London

Oxford Circus Tube Station Closed After Reports Of 'Fire On Train' On Bakerloo Line

Oxford Circus tube station has been closed after reports that there is a fire on a Bakerloo line train.

The British Transport Police say they do not now believe the cause of the fire to be suspicious.

Passenger Tom Singer tweeted a photograph of smoke filling a carriage of a Bakerloo Line train at the station.

Passengers said they could smell acrid smoke throughout the station, which is a major tourist hotspot.

The Oxford Circus tube station here was shut down for a while Friday due to a fire that broke out in a train, and the passengers on board have been evacuated, local media reported.

The blaze which caused smoke to billow out from a Bakerloo line train as passengers stood in the dark in fear started because of an electrical fault.

Oxford Circus station, which services London's busiest shopping street and sees thousands of commuters pass through it during the rush-hour, was closed after the incident. "Four people were treated for smoke inhalation with two taken to hospital as a precaution". He told The Sun: "People were flooding out of the station". The rest of the Bakerloo line was affected by the incident, there no service between Elephant & Castle to Harrow & Wealdstone northbound, but southbound travel is reportedly still running smoothly. One woman looked at me and said "don't go down there".

"Police arrived around three mins later".

Oxford Circus is the underground network's fourth busiest station with more than 80m annual users.

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