A TRAIN had to be evacuated at Mortimer Station yesterday after an electrical fire broke out in the driver's cabin.

Pictures taken by an eye witness and posted on Twitter show police officers and members of the fire service at the scene yesterday (September 17).

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Reading Chronicle:

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) explained at 5.16pm yesterday they recieved reports of a fire on a train at Mortimer train station.

RBFRS crews from Whitley Wood, Caversham Road, Dee Road and Wokingham Road were sent to the scene alongside an additional officer.

The fire service explained crews found there had been an electrical fire in the driver’s cabin.

A spokesperson said: "Crews ensured the fire was fully extinguished and that the area was safe.

"One patient was given immediate emergency care before being placed in the care of South Central Ambulance Service.

"Crews were at the scene for approximately 40 minutes."

A spokesperson for Great Western Railway (GWR) explained a member of the train crew was attended to by paramedics at the scene for smoke inhalation.

They added 31 passengers were taken off the train with road transport arranged for their journeys.

A GWR spokesperson said: "We are very sorry to those passengers who were delayed by the train fault between Basingstoke and Reading on Thursday 18 September.

"If you were delayed, you maybe entitled to compensation, please visit GWR.com."

The train was taken out of passenger service and made its way to the maintenance depot at Reading.