Deadly Fire Erupts in Parked Train Coach in Southern India

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MADURAI — A tragic incident occurred in southern India on Saturday when a parked train coach caught fire, resulting in the death of at least nine people. The incident took place in the Madurai railway yard in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The coach, which had been detached from a train, was being used by a private tourist operator. According to officials, the fire erupted when a passenger attempted to make tea. The passenger’s attempt to use a gas cylinder for tea-making reportedly led to the explosion and subsequent fire. The flames quickly engulfed the stationary coach, causing significant damage.

Nine people lost their lives in the incident, including three women. Additionally, nine others sustained injuries that are not life-threatening. Authorities have stated that none of the victims have been identified at this time.

The tragedy has highlighted the dangers of illegal activities and unauthorized equipment on trains. India, with one of the world’s largest rail networks, has experienced numerous railway accidents over the years. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of adhering to safety regulations and proper usage of equipment to prevent such unfortunate incidents.

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