Oxford Circus Station evacuated after escalator overheats in rush hour

Around 2,000 commuters were evacuated from Oxford Circus station on Tuesday morning after reports of smoke coming from an escalator.London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it was called at 8.34am when smoke was spotted near the northbound Victoria Line platform.An LFB spokesman said: “The incident at Oxford Circus is now over for firefighters. Crews investigated reports of smoke issuing which is believed to have been caused by escalator break pads overheating. “There was no fire apparent. Around 14 members of staff & 2,000 members of the public were evacuated”The force said Oxford Circus station was “evacuated as a precaution”.

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