Bolangir (Orissa): Passengers of Bolangir-
Bhubaneswar Inter-city Express had a narrow escape today after
the engine of the running train caught fire near Cherupalli in
Orissa`s Sonepur district.
Noticing the fire at about 3.30 pm, the driver stopped the
train at a place between Cherupalli an Baidapalli, about 45 km
from here under Khaliapali-Barpalli section of East Coast
Railway, police said.
Immediately local people volunteered to douse the flames
fetching water from nearby water bodies while the fire
extinguisher in the train was also used. By the time fire
brigade personnel from Rampur reached the spot, the flame had
been controlled, they said.
No casualty or loss of property had been reported as the
fire was prevented from spreading, railway officials said.
As a result of the incident, the train remained stranded
for one-and-a-half hours. A new engine from Bolangir came and
the train resumed its onward journey to Bhubaneswar.
East Coast Railway sources said efforts were on to
ascertain the reason behind the incident.