GHAZIABAD: A luggage coach of the Delhi-Lucknow Swarn Shatabdi Express caught fire on Saturday morning and had to make an unscheduled stop at Ghaziabad railway station. No one was injured in the fire, which took around half an hour to be doused.
The train resumed its journey after around two hours, when the luggage coach was detached from the other rakes. An investigation is underway to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. This is the second such incident in a span of a few days. Last week, a fire had broken out in a passenger coach of the Delhi-Dehradun Shatabdi Express near Kansro in Uttarakhand. All passengers were evacuated and the coach was detached to douse the fire.
“Around 6.40am, the Lucknow-bound Shatabdi had to stop at Ghaziabad after smoke started coming out of the luggage coach. By the time the doors were cut open, the luggage were in flames. The fire tenders had to be called,” said Kuldeep Tygai, the station master of Ghaziabad.
Sunil Kumar Singh, the chief fire officer, said they had to bring out all the luggage to stop the flames from spreading. “Six fire tenders from Kotwali brought the flames under control after about half an hour,” he added.
Senior officials also reached the Ghaziabad railway station and took stock of the situation. Ashutosh Gangal, general manager of Northern Railway, said, “The luggage coach was detached to stop the fire from spreading to other coaches. Electric supply was also cut off as a precautionary measure. No one was injured and the train left for its destination around 8.20am.”
There were reports that a huge quantity of sanitizers was in one of the bags in the luggage coach. “This is subject to investigation and a forensic team has collected the samples. We are also checking CCTV footage at Delhi railway station to find out lapses, if any” said Gangal. “A high-level committee has also been set up to investigate the matter,” he added.