Fire breaks out in Yesvantpur-Tatanagar Superfast Express, no injuries reported

PW Bureau 

The train’s pantry, which caught fire, was separated by the staff, preventing the fire from spreading to the other bogies of the train

New Delhi: A major fire broke out in the pantry car of the Yesvantpur-Tatanagar Superfast Express in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Tuesday morning. The pantry was separated by the staff, preventing the fire from spreading to the other bogies of the train. No injuries have been reported from the incident so far. The fire broke out around 2 am, while the cause is still unknown.

Before separating the pantry, the train staff tried to put out the fire, but they could not prevent it from getting destroyed. The train, which was en route to Jamshedpur from Bengaluru, was halted soon after flames were noticed by the personnel, according to a South Central Railway spokesman. The overhead power supply was also turned off.

Trains from both directions halted

As a result of the fire, trains operating from both directions were stopped, with many trains in the Vijayawada-Vizag sector getting delayed. However, train services resumed soon after.

The delayed trains include the Yesvantapur-Howrah Duronto Express, Secunderabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express, Chennai Central-Puri Express, Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam Godavari Express, Tirupati-Puri Express, Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express and Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Duronto Express.

At the time of filing this report, police and railway officials were trying to identify the cause of the fire.

The train resumed its journey after some time following the attachment of a coach at Vishakhapatnam to put up the passengers of the coach adjacent to the pantry car.