A local train that was stationed near platform No. 3 caught fire at the Thane railway station around 4:10pm on Friday. There were no casualties as the train was leaving for the car shed. Five fire tenders and two water tankers reached the spot to douse the flames.
The fire broke out in the fifth coach from the engine. The train was immediately moved away from the platform.
Sachin Khandare, home guard and an eyewitness said, “Around 4:10pm, I went to drink water near platform No. 3 and I noticed smoke emerging from one of the coaches. I immediately rushed to the motorman’s cabin and picked up two fire extinguishers and started dousing the fire. At the same time, I informed the RPF and fire brigade.”
All slow trains had been diverted to fast tracks at the Thane station. “We sent five fire tenders to the yard and it took around one-and-a-half hour to douse the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown,” said Arvind Mandke, chief fire officer.