A train that was travelling from Bengaluru to Jamshedpur caught fire at around 2am on Monday in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district. While no casualties were reported, the pantry car of the train was reportedlydestroyed in the fire.
The fire started on the Yesvantpur-Tatanagar Superfast Express when the train was near Rajamundhry. Quick-thinking staff members first tried to douse the fire, but when they realised they would not be able to do so, they separated the pantry car from the rest of the train. The pantry car was destroyed in the fire. No casualties or injuries have been reported yet.
Fire broke out in pantry car of train running between Tatanagar and Yeshwantpur at Gollaprollu #EastGodavari #AP in early hours; chain was quickly pulled, pantry car separated from rest of train averting huge accident, saving lives & property #BurningTrain @tweetsreekanth_ @ndtv pic.twitter.com/cKcsqW5Ync— Uma Sudhir (@umasudhir) March 5, 2019
Officials are yet to determine what started the fire. Police officers have arrived at the location to identify the cause of the fire. Several trains scheduled to run between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam regions in Andhra Pradesh, have been delayed as a result.
Earlier in December, two unused, abandoned coaches of a train caught fire and were destroyed at the Kazipet railway station in Telangana. Officials at the station had informed the fire department at once, who were able to quickly put out the fire, though they could not salvage the cars of the train which were gutted in the fire.
This is a developing story.