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Nine gutted to death after Mumbai-Dehradun Express catches fire in Thane

Among the nine dead, one is a woman and four are men while the rest were yet to be identified, said Western Railway PRO Sharat Chandra.

Four persons have sustained minor injuries, said police. The fire erupted in one of the three coaches and soon spread to other two coaches when the passengers were sleeping at about 2.50am, Chandra said, adding the cause of the blaze is not yet known.

He said that a level crossing gate man spotted the fire and immediately alerted the guard inside the train.

The guard subsequently informed the motorman following which the train was stopped.

'Due to alertness of the gate man, a major disaster was averted,' Chandra said.

The train was halted at Gholvad railway station near Dahanu road where the fire was brought under control.

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