However, the driver of the Karaikudi-Tiruchirappalli Passenger immediately switched off the power supply and put out the fire using fire extinguisher, they said.
The passengers noticed smoke from the cable junction between the third and fourth coach when the train was waitng for signal and gripped by panic they jumped off the train. None was injured.
Officials said the link had not been properly insulated and the rain water got stagnated leading to a short circuit.
The railway police conducted an inquiry. The train reached here after a delay of about 30 minutes.
Tiruchirappalli (TN): A fire in an electric cable junction in a train bound here prompted the passengers to jump off it when it was waiting on the outskirts of the city junction on Saturday, officials said.
First Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 23:59