An empty two-tier air-conditioned coach of Hatia Express, which was parked in the railway yard at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), caught fire on Sunday. Nobody was hurt in the fire that broke out around 5.30pm. However, sources said a part of the coach was gutted in the fire.
Against the backdrop of frequent fire mishaps on trains last year, the railway authorities had announced various measures such as installation of fire alarm systems on coaches, to prevent any fatalities. But Sunday’s incident raises questions about passengers’ safety.
According to the Government Railway Police (GRP), railway authorities were immediately alerted after the fire was detected from the coach.
The burning coach was detached from the train before the three fire engines reached the spot around 6pm, said a Central Railway spokesperson.
The fire was doused in half-an-hour, said the GRP, adding that the authorities are probing what could have caused the fire.