In the early hours of Thursday, a fire broke out in a coach of the Delhi-Saharasa Vaishali Express as it passed through an area under the Friends Colony police station in Uttar Pradesh's Etawah district. The incident resulted in injuries to 21 passengers. The fire was reported at around 2:40 am, prompting a swift response from fire tenders, which managed to extinguish the flames in the train's S-6 coach.
The injured passengers, hailing from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, were promptly transported to various hospitals for treatment, with 13 admitted to a hospital in Saifai, seven receiving treatment at the district hospital, and one discharged after receiving first aid, as reported by the Office of the Uttar Pradesh Relief Commissioner.
This unfortunate event follows a similar incident on the previous day when a fire erupted in the New Delhi-Darbhanga Special Express train around 5:30 pm. The fire damaged three coaches and resulted in eight passengers sustaining injuries. The cause of both incidents is yet to be determined, and authorities are conducting investigations to ascertain the circumstances leading to the fires in the trains traversing Uttar Pradesh's rail network.