Station evacuated amid fears train ‘on fire may explode’

Passengers were reportedly told to evacuate a train on fire amid fears that it could blow up.

Chester Chronicle reporter David Holmes said people stood near the station had been told to move further away “in case of explosion due to overheated train they can’t ‘turn off’.”

According to Mr Holmes, the train’s engine is “stuck on full throttle”.

Images taken outside the station showed at least four fire engines had raced down and that a cordon was now in place.

Video also taken close to the station showed police keeping bystanders at bay as officers and firefighters enter and exit the station.

National Rail tweeted: “An ongoing safety incident with a train in a platform at Chester station means that the station has had to be evacuated, as a precaution the emergency services have also been requested to attend.

“All trains are unable to run to/ from and through Chester.”

Merseyrail warned passengers they would need to use other means to get to Liverpool.

A company spokesman tweeted: “Due to a train having technical issues at Chester, the 8.30pm service to Liverpool is cancelled.

“This service will be reinstated at Bache departing at 8.33pm, calling all stations to Liverpool.”

Daily Star Online has approached Cheshire Fire and Rescue for comment.

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