Three express trains catch fire at Puri railway station

Puri (Odisha): A fire broke out on Thursday in three express trains at Puri railway station in Odisha, damaging at least four bogies, but no one got injured in the incident, railway officials said.

Some bogies of New Delhi-Puri Nandankanan Express and Tirupati Express were damaged due to the fire, but there was no report of injury, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Coast Railway J P Mishra said.

The fire first started in coach No 11 and 12 of the Nandankanan Express shortly after it arrived at platform No 4 from New Delhi and the passengers had disembarked, he said. 

After a short while, fire erupted in the Tirupati Express which was on platform No 2 and fire tenders were called in to control the blaze, officials said adding there were no passengers in these trains.

Thereafter, a fire also broke out in the Puri-Howrah Express which was scheduled for departure tonight, triggering panic among passengers, they said.

A high-level probe has been launched into the incident and efforts are on to ascertain the circumstances that led to the fire, the CPRO said. 

Train services to and from Puri railway station had been suspended for the time being, he said.

At least six fire tenders where called who successfully controlled the fire. Also, railway officials are working on war footing to restore normalcy. 

Meanwhile, Railway Protection Force personnel have detained a man on suspicion of his complicity in the fire incident.

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