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Nine dead in Indian train fire near Mumbai: Official

Published on Jan 8, 2014 12:26 PM

MUMBAI (AFP) - A fire on an overnight train killed at least nine people on Wednesday with sleeping victims overcome by the flames and smoke as the blaze ripped through three carriages, a railways official said.

The disaster, which comes less than a fortnight after 26 people were killed in a similar fire tragedy, happened shortly after the train left Mumbai on a journey to the northern city of Dehradun.

"Nine people have died from the fire which spread to three coaches in the night. The fire broke out at about 2:30 am," said the press officer for Western Railways, Mr Sharat Chandrayan.

The blaze, the cause of which is not yet known, started when the train was in the Thane district neighbouring Mumbai.

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