Object deliberately left on tracks started train fire
An investigation has begun into a fire that started under a train in Mottingham in south east London on Wednesday night. 70 passengers were led off the train to nearby stations and many others joined them.
When emergency services arrived the fire was already out and nobody was hurt. Police believe the fire could have started after the train struck an object which may have been deliberately left on the tracks.
The fire damaged part of the first coach of the Southeastern train, which was headed to Gravesend.
Det Insp Ashley Cooper, from British Transport Police (BTP), said: “We are keen to talk to anyone who may have information about the incident, particularly two men who were seen running from the scene.
“The remains of the object will undergo forensic tests as part of the BTP investigation into the incident.
“This apparent act of vandalism could have had very serious consequences. Luckily, no-one was hurt and the train remained on the tracks.”
Southeastern said that services would be delayed on Wednesday night due to the incident.
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