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Fire in coach at New Delhi rly station, major tragedy averted

It resulted in chaos at railway station as flames soon went out of control

Fire in coach at New Delhi rly station, major tragedy averted

New Delhi: A major tragedy was averted as a massive fire broke out in the rear power car of the Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express full of passengers as it was departing the New Delhi station on Friday afternoon.

It resulted in chaos as the flames soon went out of control and the train was to be brought to an immediate halt at the platform. Fire brigade teams rushed to the spot while the passengers got down the train as a safety precaution. The fire brigade was immediately called and as a many as 12 fire tenders rushed to New Delhi railway station immediately. The fire department also had a tough time extinguishing the flames.

"Fire was in the break, luggage cum generator car of the train. At around 2:50 pm, the fire was doused off and the cooling process was started," said Atul Thakur, Chief fire officer.

An inquiry would be conducted to find the cause of fire.

Fortunately, no passenger was injured in the incident. The fire broke out in the rear power car of the 12218 Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express around 1:40 pm. The incident occurred when the train was leaving platform number eight. The Northern Railway General Manager and other senior officials also rushed to the site along with the railway police station. Officers had a hard time controlling the crowd of onlookers who gathered at the platform or stood at the railway bridge witnessing and filming the incident.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took to Twitter and said, "An incident of fire has been reported from the power car of Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express. The fire department team has doused the flames. Senior railway officials are at the incident site. No one has been injured in the incident."

The Chandigarh-Kochuvalli Express was sent to Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station where the power car was replaced and then the train left for its onward journey.

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