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Posted June 26, 2006 EST

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Fire Delays Train Commuters In London
Fire broke out Monday at a construction site near one of London's main railway stations, disrupting travel for thousands of commuters, officials said. King's Cross station was evacuated at about 11 a.m. and closed for the rest of the day. according to Network Rail. Scores of commuter train services were disrupted, and long-distance trains to London were stopping at Peterborough, 75 miles north of the capital.

King's Cross is used by some 60,000 passengers a day.

London's Fire Brigade said it had set up a 200-yard cordon around the fire because of fears a gas canister at the site might explode. More than 630 people were evacuated from their homes as 20 firefighters battled the blaze.

Fire officials said one person had been taken to a hospital with burns.

Written by Associated Press

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