A major fire broke out in two coaches of the Hyderabad-New Delhi Telangana Express at a station in Haryana on Thursday, fire officials said. No injuries have been reported yet.
The blaze in the train was reported at the Asaoti station at around 7:43 am in train number 12723, following which several fire tenders were rushed to the spot, a senior railway official said.
The train had passed Asaoti station but it had to be stopped between Asaoti and Ballabgarh. Due to heavy smoke, movement on the track has also been stopped, the official added.
The fire broke out from the brake binding of the wheels of the 9th coach, the official said, adding that two coaches caught fire and both have been isolated now. As a result of this, services on the track were briefly affected.
"All passengers were shifted to the front portion and the train departed at around 10.35 am. The services on the track have resumed," the officer said.
CPRO, Northern Railway: Fire in brake binding of Telangana Express was detected at 7.43 am today near Asoti-Ballabgarh in Haryana, all passengers safe; Up and down services on the route affected, fire tenders present at the spot pic.twitter.com/QfNRiVstoEâ€” ANI (@ANI) August 29, 2019
The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The Hyderabad- New Delhi Telangana Express caught fire near Ballabgarh in Haryana this morning. All passengers safe. pic.twitter.com/fIFdpD9YO7â€” Sushil Rao (@sushilrTOI) August 29, 2019
In March this year, a train that was travelling from Bengaluru to Jamshedpur caught fire in the wee hours of March 5 in Andhra Pradeshâ€™s East Godavari district. While no casualties were reported even in that mishap, the pantry car of the train was reportedly destroyed in the fire.
The fire started on the Yesvantpur-Tatanagar Superfast Express when the train was near Rajamundhry.Staff members who noticed the fire immediately first tried to douse the flames, but realising that it was not possible, they separated the pantry car from the rest of the train. The pantry car was destroyed in the fire. No casualties or injuries were reported.