8.2.17 Several people were injured after a fire broke out on board a rush hour train in east London.

01-03-2017

Witnesses described scenes of "sheer terror and panic" and said people were forced to "jump on the tracks" after the blaze on an Overground train at Dalston Kingsland station.

The London Fire Brigade said the blaze was caused by an overheated battery of a drill, which was being carried by a passenger.

Seven people were hurt in the fire on the train as it waited at a platform, the London Ambulance Service confirmed.

Pictures emerged on social media, as crowds of people were on the platform and outside of the station after it was evacuated.

Police and paramedics were also called to the scene shortly after 7am.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "We were called at 7.10am to Dalston Kingsland to reports of smoke on a train.  Fire service also attended and established that a workman's drill had overheated and was smoking. The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time."

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade added that the fire broke out on platform one.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We treated four patients for minor injuries, including head, leg and arm injuries, and took them to a hospital in east London.

"We also checked over three patients at the scene but they did not need hospital treatment."  She added four ambulances were in attendance at the scene. 

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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