Passengers evacuated as train catches fire

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — About 300 passengers were evacuated after a fire spread to a train from a nearby building in central Tokyo on Sunday.

The passengers were instructed to get off the train and walked about 500 meters on the rail tracks to nearby stations on an Odakyu Electric Railway Co. line. No one was injured, according to police and other sources.

The fire burned about 15 square meters of the roof of the second car in the eight-car train, which was bound for Shinjuku Station from Honatsugi Station.

The fire started at a three-story building in Shibuya Ward around 4:05 p.m. and spread to the train when it was brought to an emergency stop near the building.

The train stopped after a police officer pressed an emergency train stop button at a railroad crossing near the site of the fire.

The fire affected a total of about 80 square meters on the first to third floors of the building that houses a boxing gym. There were six people on the first floor with all confirmed safe.

The fire suspended service on part of the rail line for hours. Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department and the Tokyo Fire Department are investigating the cause of the fire.Speech

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