London tube train engulfed in flames after bag suddenly catches fire - terrifying images

Fire on a tube train

Police launch arson investigation after Leyton tube fire

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 05/12/2023

- 07:47

Updated: 05/12/2023

- 07:56

Images of Saturday's fire have emerged online showing the carriage ablaze

An investigation into a suspected arson attack has been launched after a bag burst into flames on a tube train.

Met Police officers were called to Leyton Underground station late Saturday evening for reports of a fire on the tube.

The video showed the carriage engulfed in smoke with flames seen from inside.

Footage was captured by people on the platform who went onto the train.

People were on the platform filming the incident


There was extensive damage done to the inside of the train carriage.

It is currently understood the culprit is still at large.

Now, an appeal has been launched by the British Transport Police.

They are asking any witnesses or bystanders with footage of the attack to come forward.


Smoke on a train

There was smoke seen inside the carriage


Smoke was seen coming from the carriage as the train pulled into Leyton Underground station around 10.13pm on Saturday, police have said. Officers were called to the scene just before 11.50pm to reports of a bag on fire.

Footage captured at the scene shows how the carriage was filled with foggy, grey smoke as the bag burned on the floor. Travellers stood along the platform watching and taking pictures and video as the blaze continued.

It is unclear how many people were aboard the train when the fire broke out or at what point the carriage was evacuated.

But footage of the aftermath shows how the interior of the carriage was burnt and left covered in black soot.

The floor where the bag had been placed was completely melted and at least one glass window pane was shattered.

Detectives are asking anyone with information or footage of the incident and any witnesses.

Investigators are particularly interested to speak those who were travelling on the train.

Eyewitness are being asked to contact British Transport Police at on 0800 40 50 40, or by texting 61016 with the reference 747-021223.

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