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India train fire kills 26: Victims sleeping, burned beyond recognition

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A fire broke out on an express train in India, killing at least 26 passengers and injuring eight. Most of the dead were sleeping at the time that the fire broke out, with many of their bodies burned beyond recognition reports Web Pro News on Dec. 29.

The express train had 60 passengers on board when the fire broke out in a coach car. Firefighters disconnected the flaming coach car from the rest of the train in an effort to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the train.

While one other cars did ignite, the firefighters were able to quickly extinguish that train car. Firefighters needed to enter the smoke filled coach car to retrieve the bodies. Some passengers broke the windows in the coach car to escape the flames.

The fire ignited as the train neared the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh on early Saturday morning a little before 4 a.m. local time.

The bodies will go through an identification process with the medical examiner, as the bodies were so badly burned that they were unrecognizable. An electrical short-circuit is being blamed for the fire, but an investigation is on-going.

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