A significant fire erupted in the New Delhi-Darbhanga Clone Special train (02570) near Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, on Wednesday as it traversed Sarai Bhopat Railway Station. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
The quick response of the station master, who halted the train upon detecting smoke in the S1 coach, ensured the safe evacuation of all passengers. The Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of North Central Railways confirmed, “There are no injuries or casualties. The train is scheduled to leave shortly.”
Preliminary investigations indicate that the fire likely originated from a short circuit. Although a few passengers sustained minor injuries, there have been no reported casualties. Efforts are underway to resume the train’s journey, with ambulances and a team of doctors present at the site to provide medical care if needed.
Firefighters swiftly arrived at the scene, managing to contain the blaze. Unfortunately, one coach was gutted, while two adjacent coaches suffered partial damage. A fourth coach was filled with smoke, prompting the detachment of all four coaches from the train.
Acknowledging the impact on passengers, a police official at the scene revealed, “Many passengers lost their belongings in the incident.” Himanshu Shekhar Upadhyay, Prayagraj CPRO of North Central Railways, stated that the damaged coach was removed, and an additional coach would be added at Kanpur Railway Station before the train resumed its journey.
Recalling the chaotic scene, a passenger onboard the New Delhi-Darbhanga Express, where the fire broke out, shared, “We somehow got out from the window of the coach when the fire broke out there. There were no proper means to extinguish the fire in the coach. Few people were injured while getting out of the coach.”