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2 coaches of 22416 AP Express catch fire near Birlanagar station in Gwalior; all passengers safe

The two coaches -- B-6 and B-7 -- of the fully air-conditioned train, caught fire around 11.45 am, North Central Railway's Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) Gaurav Krishna Bansal said. 

Reported by: PTI, New Delhi [ Updated: May 21, 2018 15:42 IST ]

Fire breaks out in 4 coaches of AP AC Express near Birlanagar station in Gwalior; all passengers safe

Two coaches of the New Delhi-Visakhapatnam AP Express on MOnday caught fire near Birlanagar station in this district, but no one was injured, a police official said. 

The two coaches -- B-6 and B-7 -- of the fully air-conditioned train, caught fire around 11.45 am, North Central Railway's Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) Gaurav Krishna Bansal said. 

After the fire, some passengers pulled the emergency chain to stop the train and immediately alighted from it, an official said. 

"The fire has been put out. Two air-conditioned coaches were damaged in the blaze," District Superintendent of Police Navneet Bhasin, who was at the spot, said. 

Thirty-seven deputy collectors, who were returning from a training, were on board the train but they were not injured in the incident, an official said. 

The fire broke out in the B7 coach and later spread to B-6 coach, North Central Railway's Jhansi Division Public Relations Officer Manoj Singh said. 

The two damaged coaches were segregated and the process was on to move the train to Gwalior. After reaching Gwalior, the train would continue its onwards journey once it gets a track clearance, he said. 

Director of Publicity, Railway Board, Ved Prakash said, "All passengers in the affected coaches were evacuated. No injuries have been reported so far. Three fire tenders helped douse the flames." 

Asked if a short-circuit led to the fire, Singh said an inquiry would reveal the exact cause of the blaze. 

 

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