Train catches fire in Allahabad, no casualties
A minor fire broke out in the parcel coach of a train near Allahabad, resulting in disruption of traffic on the Allahabad-Mumbai route for a couple of hours, a railway official said.Updated: Sep 19, 2008, 10:26 IST
A minor fire broke out in the parcel coach of a train near here, resulting in disruption of traffic on the Allahabad-Mumbai route for a couple of hours, a railway official said on Friday.
There was no casualty in the late night fire, however, goods worth lakhs perished, North Central Railway spokesman Amit Malaviya told PTI.
The fire broke out in the SLR coach of the Surat-bound Tapti Ganga Express around midnight when the train was passing through Shankargarh, 50 kms from Allahabad, he said.
The engine driver applied brakes after a guard raised an alarm upon noticing flames erupting from the coach which was immediately detached from the train even as passengers tried to douse the flames with the help of local villagers who rushed to the spot.
The fire was, however, extinguished only after fire brigade personnel arrived from the Naini fire station, some 25 kms from the site of the mishap, Malaviya said adding that goods worth lakhs is estimated to have been perished in the blaze.
The train, which was coming from Bhagalpur in Bihar, resumed its onward journey around 0200 hours until when traffic had remained disrupted on the Allahabad-Mumbai route, the NCR spokesman said.