Four coaches of Patna-Mokama passenger train completely gutted in fire

Four coaches and an engine of the Patna-Mokama passenger train caught fire on the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The incident happened around 1 am when railway staff spotted the fire in one of the coaches. The train reached Mokam railway station at 10:30 pm.

The train was stationed at Mokama railway yard, 90 Kilometers east of Patna when the incident occurred. The railways employees, local GRP and RPF rushed to the spot to contain the fire but unfortunately, the fire spread to other coaches being completely gutted.

According to sources, at the time of the incident, the train was supposed to be moved to the yard for cleaning.

The railways spokesperson said the fire did not hamper the daily train services in the sector. The Divisional Railway Manager is currently assessing the situation. He also said the fire has been brought under control and there had luckily been no casualties. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Chairman of the Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani told Press Trust of India that train accidents had decreased by 40-45%. With hope to reduce them even further, Mr. Lohani stated that the prime focus this year was to address safety, maintenance and cleanliness of trains and railway premises.

Fire breaks out in Bengaluru bar, five killed

A deadly fire at a bar and restaurant in Bengaluru has led to the demise of five people. The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at around 2.30 am. The accident took place at Kailash Bar and Restaurant, an establishment in Kumbaara Sangha building in Kalasipalya.

The deceased were employees at the restaurant and were asleep on the premises when the fire started.

The fire and emergency services were notified by passers-by when they saw smoke coming out of the restaurant. A fire rescue vehicle and two fire tenders were immediately sent to the location where they doused the fire and recovered the five dead bodies.

Officials have reported that the possible cause of the deaths was asphyxiation. The deceased have been identified as Prasad, 20, Swami, 23, Mahesh, 35, (all three natives of Tumakuru),  Keerthi, 24, a native of Mandya and Manjunath, 45 a native of Hassan. 

The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Police official MN Anucheth gave a statement saying that the fire department is still in the process of assessing the damage caused to the building. Only after the inspection is complete will an official cause be revealed.

He also stated that the department is speaking to witnesses to gather more information. The police have filed a case of criminal negligence against the owner of the bar who is currently absconding.

Fire breaks out in Mumbai Sessions Court building

A level-2 fire broke out on the third floor of the Mumbai Sessions Court building on Monday morning.

According to the Mumbai fire brigade, the first call was made at around 7.50 am and five engines were rushed immediately to the spot to douse the flame. The fire was effectively brought under control by 8:30 am and no casualties or injuries were reported.

In the last 20 days, this is the fifth fire related incident reported in the city.

The Mumbai Session Fire came a day after a major fire at the sets of the TV serial Bepanah, at Cinevista studio, Kanjurumarg. The level-3 fire was brought into control after two hours in which a 20 year old crew member was killed. The Cinevista fire followed the January 4 blaze that killed four people and injured five after a fire broke out in an upper floor of a residential building in suburban Marol.

Both of these fire incidents came a week after a major blaze at Kamala Mills on December 18, where at least 12 people were killed after a snack shop in Mumbai’s Saki Naka caught fire.

Almost everyday, incidents of fire have been reported in the city which has put the fire force on high alert.

Dubai’s Torch Tower catches fire again

In the early hours of August 4, a massive fire broke out in the 84-story Torch tower of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. No casualties were reported, and the Dubai Civil Defense brought the blaze under control by 3.30 a.m.  According to Reuters, a resident said “It was very bad. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 am. Then it started calming down over the next two hours.”

The actual cause of the fire is not is not known yet, but the external padding, which can be flammable in specific circumstances is being considered as the source of it. As per reports, a majority of Dubai’s 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with combustible thermoplastic cores.

A similar incident occurred in February 2015, where the same 79-storey building, which accommodates expatriate residents of the city, was devastated by a fire.

Owing to a series of fire mishaps in the Emirates, Dubai announced stringent rules to minimize fire risks, in January 2017. UAE has revised its building safety stating that cladding required on all new buildings over 15 meters tall should be fire-resistant, but older buildings were exempt from it.

Sources – The Telegraph, CNN


Fire breaks out at Kanpur hostel: 2 killed, 13 injured

After a fire broke out in a private hostel in Kanpur on July 20, two people were burnt alive while 13 others suffered serious burn injuries. As per the police report, the fire broke out in the two-storeyed building around 3.30 am.

The flames were brought under control by the firemen after nearly three hours, reported NDTV.

The deceased have been identified as 25-year-old Ria Thakur who owned a beauty parlour and her 24-year-old cousin Manish. Rest of the victims were admitted in the hospital.

Sonia Singh, DIG Kanpur Range, revealed that based on first impression it seems that the fire was caused due to a short circuit.

The owner of the hostel Baijnath Singh lives in his native village, but his elder son Dharmendra lived in the hostel and carried out cable business, said Circle Officer Ranjneesh Verma.

Police said that the local residents have lodged a complaint and the investigations are on.

According to Firstpost, when the fire broke out there were 15 people in the hostel-cum-residence including eight family members of Singh, five students of a coaching institute, Ria and her cousin who had come to visit her.

Sources: NDTV, Firstpost

Woman injured in Nadapuram during black magic ritual

A 37-year-old Keralite from Purameri was apprehended by the Nadapuram police on Monday for performing black magic on a woman. The accused, A. Najima was detained and remanded to judicial custody on 20th February, after the victim, Shemina (27) was severely burnt when a black magic ritual went awry.

The victim approached Najima, who was staying in Purameri, to enlist her services, seeking remedy for some personal problems, according to the Nadapuram police. Shemina allegedly told the local police that a fire broke out in the flat due to the Najima’s failed attempts to stoke a fire. Najima poured petrol directly into the “Homa Kundam,” a ceremonial fire which was prepared as part of the ritual. Shemina, a citizen of Vellayil, was admitted to a private hospital in Nadapuram.

The victim suffered 60 per cent burns in the incident, and will require extensive treatment. The arrested individual was charged under sections 324 (voluntarily inflicting harm by dangerous weapons) and 308 (attempt to carry out culpable homicide). The accused was later sentenced to a 14-day stint in judicial custody.





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Seven dead after fire breaks out in Maharashtra’s Gondia

At least seven people lost their lives in a fire that broke out at the Bindal Palaza hotel in Gondia, Maharashtra on Wednesday. The fire is thought to have originated in a shop located on the premises of the hotel. “The blaze was noticed around 3.30 am when the victims were fast asleep. Six men have been charred to death. Some others are feared trapped inside,” said Gondia police officer Jitendra Borkar.

15 fire engines from the neighbouring regions of Balaghat, Bhandara, Tumsar, Lanji and the Adani Power Plant were sent to the location when officials learned of the fire. However, there was significant delay in their arrival due to the fact that the hotel is located in an extremely congested market area near Gorelal Chowk. The flames were brought under control after fire tenders and tanks spent seven hours fighting the blaze.

There were fifteen guests at the hotel when the fire broke out, and six of the seven victims were guests. One man was killed due to severe injuries sustained after a fall from the second floor of the hotel, and four others were found dead in their rooms. Several people were also trapped inside the hotel due to structural collapses, and rescue operations are being carried out to locate and extract these people.

Sources Hindustan Times  Livemint