At least 64 dead in Pakistan train fire

Gordon_R

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50245090
At least 64 passengers died when a train travelling from the Pakistani city of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire.

Minister for railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, said the fire was caused by the explosion of a gas cylinder being used by passengers cooking breakfast.

The blaze is thought to have spread to at least three carriages.

According to officials cited in local media, many of the victims died as they tried to jump off the burning train.

Another 30 people have reportedly been injured and officials say the number of dead may still rise.

Two cooking stoves blew up. They were cooking, they had (cooking) oil which added fuel to fire," Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said.

Passengers bringing stoves onto trains in order to cook meals on long journeys is a common problem, the minister said.

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Passengers cooking their own breakfast? Is that a thing?
 

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Surely they cannot be surprised at the inevitable outcome of reckless behaviour?
 
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