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Andhra Pradesh Express train catches fire in MP; no injuries reported

The train was travelling from Hazrat Nizamuddin Station in New Delhi to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

SNS | New Delhi |

Two coaches of the Andhra Pradesh Express train caught fire near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. The fire has been brought under control and no injuries have been reported.

As per media reports, the train, which caught fire at Birla Nagar station near Gwalior, was sent on its way after the damaged coaches were segregated and the blaze was controlled.

The train was travelling from Hazrat Nizamuddin station in New Delhi to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The fire was detected in the B-6 coach, which later spread to the B-7 coach. Following the fire, the guard stopped the train and shifted the passengers of the B-6 and B-7 coaches to other coaches.

“The fire has been put out. Two air-conditioned coaches were damaged in the fire,” said District Superintendent of Police Navneet Bhasin.

“Six coaches were segregated and sent to Gwalior. All passengers in the affected coaches were evacuated. No injuries have been reported so far,” said Ved Prakash, director, publicity, Railway Board.

As many as 37 deputy collectors were on board the train but they were not hurt in the mishap. They were returning from a training, an official said.

Several fire tenders were rushed to the spot, which managed to douse the fire. The rail route between Delhi and Gwalior was closed temporarily as a precaution.

The cause of the fire is still being ascertained, officials said.