Fire in Coromandel Express

Bhubaneswar: A fire broke out in a general compartment of Chennai-Howrah Coromandel Express near Lingaraj Station here today but the flames were extinguished before they could spread.

The fire was spotted in the coach, second from the engine, when the superfast express train was proceeding towards Bhubaneswar main station, a spokesman of East Coast Railway (ECoR) said.

No injury was caused to anyone as the fire brigade was called in immediately and the fire was controlled in 15-20 minutes. "All those on board the superfast train are safe.Prompt steps prevented the fire from spreading," he said.

The affected compartment was detached at Bhubaneswar Station as a precautionary measure and the train proceeded to its destination, the spokesman said. Preliminary information indicated that the fire might have erupted due to carelessness of some traveller and an inquiry has been ordered into the incident, he added.