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Liverpool Street station reopens after restaurant fire

An investigation is under way after London's Liverpool Street station was closed due to a fire on Thursday night.

The fire broke out in a Burger King restaurant inside the station shortly after 2200 BST. The station reopened as normal on Friday morning.

All train services were halted and about 1,000 people were evacuated from the main terminal and a further 1,000 people from the Tube station.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 40 firefighters tackled the fire.

It took about three hours to get the blaze fully under control, and no injuries were reported.

A LFB spokesman said it was thought a kitchen ventilation shaft in the restaurant had caught fire.

Roads in the surrounding area of Bishopsgate were closed from Great Eastern Street in the north to Wormwood Street in the south while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Image caption Liverpool Street Station was closed to the public after a fire broke out

Liverpool Street is one of London's busiest stations, with services from the east of England and Cambridge and the Stansted Express service to Stansted Airport operating from it.

Meanwhile, Eurostar trains were brought to a standstill on Thursday night after Kent Fire and Rescue Service received reports of smoke coming from the tunnel that carries the high-speed line under the Thames.

A spokeswoman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said about 35 firefighters attended after receiving a call at 1747 BST, but they found no evidence of a fire or fire risk.

Eurostar services were running as normal on Friday morning.

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