On Friday five coaches of Howrah-Secundrabad Falaknuma Express caught fire between Bommaipalli and Pagidipalli near the Bibinagar railway station in Telangana. There were about 100 passengers travelling and they all fortunately escaped.They pulled the chain and stopped the train after noticing smoke in one of the bogies and got off the train before the flames spread.
Sources reported that, after the fire broke out in the S2 coach the flames spread to other coaches. And due to narrow roads there was a delay in fire appliance reaching the spot. However fire tenders managed to control the blaze.
As per the South Central Railway (SCR), coaches from S2 to S6 were affected. Soon after noticing the smoke, the train was halted and the railway staff on the train assisted the passengers to get off the train.
The SCR chief public relations officer, Ch Rakesh mentioned that, no one was injured in the incident as the fire was brought under control in an hour. He also added that the investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Arun Kumar Jain, SCR General Manager was present in the spot along with a team of officials and he supervised the rescue and relief operations and facilitated transportion arrangements to the passengers who were affected.
Though the exact cause of fire is yet to be obtained, preliminary reports says that an electric short circuit may have lit the flames. In this year this seems to be the another train accident after Odisha train collision and West Bengal train collision, but luckily none of them were injured in this case.