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MORE than 300 people were evacuated from Edgecliff train station in Sydney’s inner-east this afternoon because of a fire.
Services along the busy T4 line were suspended at Central, plunging the network into chaos at peak hour.
Several other services across the city, including the T2, T3 and T8 lines, experienced significant delays as a result.
A spokesman for New South Wales Fire and Rescue Service told news.com.au 35 firefighters in eight trucks were called to the station at around 4pm after reports of a fire on a train.
However, these early reports turned out to be incorrect, with the blaze caused by “electrical apparatus” in a tunnel 200m west of the station.
Videos from passengers inside the station showed people wearing masks being led out by firefighters as smoke filled the air.
More than 300 people were evacuated from Edgecliff station. Picture: Jonathan NgSource:News Corp Australia
Trains were cancelled in both directions. Picture: Jonathan NgSource:News Corp Australia
The blaze was out by a quick-thinking train driver and confirmed extinguished by authorities when they arrived at the scene.
“There is a lot of smoke in the area and the railway station has been evacuated,” the spokesman said.
Buses replaced all trains between Town Hall and Bondi Junction. Within an hour, services had resumed but were delayed.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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