The Straits Times
Published on Nov 09, 2012

25 dead, dozens hurt in Myanmar train fire: Government


YANGON (AFP) - Twenty-five people were killed and dozens more injured on Friday in a large fire sparked by a train accident in north-west Myanmar, the government said.

Two petrol tankers loaded onto the train overturned when it derailed, and local villagers collecting the fuel were burned to death in the ensuing blaze, according to the information ministry website.

Sixty-two people were hurt in the accident, which happened at about 10.00 am in Kanbalu in Sagaing Region, it said.

"While some people from nearby villages were collecting the oil, the fire spread and 25 of them were killed and 62 injured, according to initial information," the ministry website said.