Holborn station fire alert: Panic on London Underground as 'smoke fills carriage after loud bang'

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Commuters were plunged into a state of panic as a busy Tube station was evacuated after a loud bang and smoke filling a carriage was reported.

The station was cleared at the height of the morning rush hour, sparking confusion among passengers.

Transport for London confirmed it is investigating a fire alert triggered at about 9am. Two fire engines and 10 firefighters were sent to the station.

Witnesses reported hearing people screaming as the station was evacuated.

British Transport Police has said the station has since reopened and that the evacuation was caused by a “defective train”.

Emergency services outside Holborn station on Tuesday morning (John Stillwell/PA )

Witnesses reported on social media hearing a loud bang before being told to leave the station as smoke began filling the carriage of a Central Line train.

TfL has warned of delays on the line.

A video has emerged online of commuters hurriedly leaving the station while a tannoy states: “Would Inspector Sands please go to the operations room immediately.”

TfL posted on Twitter: “Some westbound trains are being held at short notice while we investigate a faulty train at Holborn.”

London Fire Brigade confirmed it was investigating.

Al Gwatkin, 43, from Chelsea, was getting off the Piccadilly line to transfer on to the Central line at Holborn when the incident happened.

He said: “All of a sudden everyone came running out saying ‘they’ve evacuated the station’.

“You don’t know if it’s terrorist-related. You’re just like ‘oh my God, get out of here’. There was panic down there. People were screaming.”

A member of staff from London Fire Brigade, who emerged from Holborn station and left in one of the parked fire engines, said the issue was caused by a piece of equipment that had become overheated.

Billy Hayden posted on Twitter: “Just been evacuated from train due to loud bang and smoke filling platform at Holborn. Hope it’s nothing serious.”

Chris Chipperton said: “Scariest thing about hearing Inspector Sands at Holborn was that it took me longer than usual to leave the station.”

It comes amid a morning of travel misery for the capital’s commuters, with a derailed train at Waterloo causing severe delays.

Two people were also injured when a train crashed into buffers at King’s Cross station. 

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