Watch | Passengers pull coaches away from Saharanpur-Delhi train after engine catches on fire

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Flames rise after a fire broke out in the Saharanpur-Delhi passenger train, at the Daurala railway station in Meerut, Saturday, March 5, 2022. 

A fire broke out in the engine and two compartments on a train from Saharanpur to Delhi on Saturday. In a video captured by the crowd, it is seen that the passengers joined hands  with the railway staff to quickly help pull the remaining bogies away from the engine that was also ablaze.

The fire started in the train, which left Saharanpur at 5.30 am, on its way to Delhi. When the train reached Daurala, about 90 km short of its destination Delhi, smoke was seen rising from a compartment. By the time the train reached the Daurala station at 7.10 am, two coaches were in flames, Meerut City Railway Station Superintendent R P Sharma told news agency PTI.

The passengers travelling inside these coaches were safely evacuated, he said. There were no casualties.

A fire usually spells panic but the passengers of this train kept their cool and worked together to avert a major tragedy.

The passengers, many carrying backpacks, pulled away the remaining coaches of the train from the burning portion with plumes of smoke rising in the background. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

Sharma said the cause of the fire is being ascertained.

There are no reports of loss of life or property of any passenger. Rail traffic was briefly disrupted due to the fire, he said. 

(with PTI inputs)

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