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Overheated Train Fills London Underground Station With Smoke


London Underground workers stand outside Holborn Station, which was closed following a fire alert, in central London, Aug. 15, 2017.

London’s Holborn underground station closed briefly Tuesday after overheating equipment on a train filled a platform with smoke.

The fire service said it had sent two fire engines and 10 firefighters to the station.

“It was an overheated compressor on a train not a fire,” London Fire Brigade said a statement.

A witness on a train at the station said smoke filled one of the carriages.

“There was a fire alert on a westbound Central line train,” a spokesman for London’s transport operator said. “We are investigating the cause.”

The fire service said it dealt with the incident in less than 50 minutes.

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