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Fire in London Train Station Follows Hyatt Gas Explosion

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 08:25 AM

One of London's busiest railway stations, Charing Cross, was evacuated on Sunday after a fire caused by a suspected electrical fault, two days after five people were hospitalized with injuries from a gas explosion in the basement of a Hyatt Regency hotel in London.

The Charing Cross incident generated a lot of traffic on social media, in part because Britain raised its terrorism alert in August to the second-highest level, saying Islamist militants operating in Syria and Iraq posed the biggest security threat.

Reuters reported that pictures from the scene showed part of a stationary passenger train on fire with a crowd looking on.

Nobody was hurt and there was no suggestion the incident was malicious, a British Transport Police said.

Reuters reported the London Fire Brigade as saying around 400 people were evacuated from the Hyatt Regency in Berkeley Mews after an explosion caused extensive damage to the basement and ground floor.

A spokeswoman for Hyatt said a total of 12 members of staff were being treated for injuries and that no guests were injured. Guests were evacuated to nearby hotels, and damage to the building was being evaluated, she added.

The London Fire Brigade said the Charing Cross fire was small, affected 5 percent of the train's front carriage, and had been brought under control.

"At this stage this fire is believed to have been the result of an electrical fault and there are no suspicious circumstances," the spokesman said. "The station was evacuated as a precaution and no-one was injured."

The incident caused disruption to train services. Charing Cross, located not far from Trafalgar Square, was expected to re-open later on Sunday.

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One of London's busiest railway stations, Charing Cross, was evacuated on Sunday after a fire caused by a suspected electrical fault, two days after five people were hospitalized with injuries from a gas explosion in the basement of a Hyatt Regency hotel in London.
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