Rs one lakh will be given to those seriously injured and a sum of Rs 50,000 will be given to those who received minor injuries, Chairman, Indian Railway Board, Arunendra Kumar said. The commissioner of Railway Safety will conduct an inquiry into the fire incident, he said. “The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. However, the fire has been put out and the train has made its forward journey,” Kumar said. Indian Railway sources said short circuit cannot be ruled out as burnt cables were found lying under the electric board of the coach. Chandra said that a gateman at a level crossing spotted the fire and immediately alerted the guard inside the train.
The guard subsequently informed the motorman following which the train was stopped. “Due to alertness of the gateman, a major disaster was averted,” Chandra said. The train was halted at Gholvad Railway Station near Dahanu road where the fire was brought under control. Northern Railways have announced helpine numbers—23342954 and 24355954 --- to those seeking information on the train and passengers. The accident comes within days of the Bangalore train tragedy. 26 people, including two children, were killed and 12 injured when a fire broke out in the Bangalore-Nanded Express on December 28. (PTI)