Published On: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019

Pakistan train fire: What started Pakistan train blaze – what was the cause? | World | News

At least 73 passengers have died after a train in Pakistan caught fire. The train was travelling between Karachi to Rawalpindi and happened near the town of Rahim Yar Khan in the south of Punjab province. The blaze is thought to have spread to at least three carriages.

What started the Pakistan train blaze?

The massive fire was likely caused by an explosion of a gas cylinder from a stove used by passengers cooking breakfast.

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said: “Two cooking stoves blew up.

“They were cooking, they had [cooking] oil which added fuel to fire.”

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The accident happened at dawn near the town of Ghotki in Sindh province and the trains were packed with passengers.

Casualty figures are often high because trains are packed with far greater numbers of passengers than they were designed for.

In July, 11 people died in an accident, with four dying in another accident in September.

In 2007, at least 56 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a crash near Mehrabpur.

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