On Thursday evening, Kolkata metro services got affected after a fire broke out inside a coach of an AC train. The incident took place when the train was running between Rabindra Sadan and Maidan metro stations, as per the reports.
16 people got injured out of which 15 people have minor injuries, while 1 person has fractured his leg as per a metro official.
Kolkata metro tweeted, “An incident of fire between Rabindra Sadan and Maidan around 5pm. The fire put off by our staff through water from fire hydrants. West Bengal fire service & Kolkata Police disaster management group are attending. All passengers have been safely evacuated by 6pm. Pl do not panic.”
“We are relieved there was no casualty. We called in the police and fire brigade as soon as we heard of the smoke. The train was stopped and metro workers tried to tackle with fire extinguishers,” senior official Indrani Banerjee said.
Passengers were evacuated from the metro as many fell sick due to the smoke engulfed the coach they were travelling in, some of them also fainted. Some passengers tried breaking out the window panes. Among those who fell ill, most of them are senior citizens. Over 10 passengers were reported to have been taken to a nearby hospital for medical care.