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Train catches fire at Harold Wood station

PUBLISHED: 09:27 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:06 08 March 2018

Smoke and flames were seen coming from a train at Harold Wood station this morning. Photo: Steve Poston

Smoke and flames were seen coming from a train at Harold Wood station this morning. Photo: Steve Poston

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Commuters were rushed off a train at Harold Wood this morning after it caught fire in the station.

Commuters were rushed off a train at Harold Wood this morning after it caught fire in the station.

Those travelling to work on the 6.27am overground train from Brentwood to London Liverpool Street were told to get off because of a fault.

Simon Weatherup, 28, from Brentwood told the Recorder: “We got to Harold Wood and then the driver announced that we had to leave the train because of a fault.

“All of the commuters got off and when we got onto the platform I could see smoke and actual flames were coming out of the bottom of the train.

“The staff told us that we had to get off the train, and would have to wait to get another train back to Shenfield and to go from there.

“After last weeks shambles with the trains people were even more annoyed.

“It added 45 minutes onto my journey.”

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail, said: “At around 6.37am today, our staff were alerted to reports of smoke below a train at Harold Wood.

“The driver quickly got customers off the train and extinguished a small fire.

“Understandably this was disruptive for our customers, for which I give my sincere apologies.

“A comprehensive investigation into this incident is now underway.”

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