Three coaches of Silchar-Trivandram Express caught fire in the early hours of Sunday, while it was stationed at Silchar railway station in Assam.
The train, Silchar – Thiruvananthapuram Express, the second longest distance running train in the country, which reached Silchar Station in Assam on Saturday evening.
The fire started from the pantry car at 7:45 am on Sunday morning (June 9) and slowly moved on to two other sleeper class bogies in a very short span of time.
The fire services and SDRF personnel reached the spot soon after the heavy fumes were noticed coming out of the coaches. No causality has been reported so far.
The fire has been brought under control, however, the reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.
The railway authorities have started an investigation into the whole matter. “The fire must have started from the leakage from some cooking gas cylinder in the pantry car. No lives have been lost, but, three of our bogies have been completely damaged,” said a railway official on condition of anonymity.