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Tower Hill fire alert: Station evacuated after mobile phone charger explodes

Emergency services attended a fire alert at the busy tube station

A fire broke out on board a train at Tower Hill station(Image: LFB)

A central London tube station was evacuated after a fire alert, when a mobile phone charger exploded.

Panic struck passengers at Tower Hill after a "small explosion" on a train just after midday on Tuesday (September 26).

British Transport Police and London Fire Brigade (LFB) attended the scene after they were called at around 12.26pm.

Firefighters say they were called to reports of smoke on a train at Tower Hill underground station.

An LFB spokesman said: "It was a small explosion believed to be caused by a mobile phone charger.

"There was no fire when firefighters arrived."

A passenger tweeted that he was near the person who's battery charger caught fire and that "everyone's safe" after the sudden incident.

British Transport Police confirmed the incident is not suspicious.

BTP tweeted: "Incident at Tower Hill station is not suspicious. Fire believed to have been caused by mobile phone charger overheating. "

Circle and District Lines were affected for one hour before Tower Hill station was reopened to the public.

Fire crews from Dockhead, Shoreditch and Shadwell fire stations were at the scene.

A similar incident with an exploding charger happened at the end of August at Euston station .

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