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Fire suicide train passenger named

A woman believed to have committed suicide in a fire in a toilet on board a commuter train has been named by police.

Rachel James, 43, from Uxbridge, north-west London, died in the blaze on the London-bound train on Monday.

British Transport Police (BTP) said a passenger alerted the conductor to the fire on the London Midland-operated service, which had left Northampton at 4.25pm.

The train pulled into Leighton Buzzard station in Bedfordshire where the other passengers got out safely. No one else was hurt.

BTP previously said the 43-year-old's injuries were consistent with burns.

Today a spokeswoman said the incident was not being treated as an accident and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

She said: "I can confirm that the woman who died on board a train near to Leighton Buzzard rail station has been named as Rachel James, 43, from Uxbridge.

"A fire was reported inside a toilet cubicle on the train at 5.07pm on Monday April 11, 2011.

"No other person is believed to have been involved in the incident and it is not being treated as an accident.

"Paramedics from the ambulance service and crews from the fire and rescue service also attended.

"The train involved was the 4.25pm service from Northampton to Euston.

"A file will be prepared for the coroner."