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9 killed in Mumbai - Dehradun Express fire, Rail Min orders probe

The death toll from a fire that engulfed three coaches of the Mumbai-Dehradun express early this morning has risen to nine, according to a report in CNN-IBN.

The railway minister, Mallikarjun Kharge has ordered a probe into the incident.

Compensation of Rs five lakh has been announced to the families of the victims.

Earlier, five people were said to have been killed in the blaze.

Source: IBN7

Source: IBN7

The passengers including a woman, were burned alive when the fire engulfed the train near Dahanu in Thane district, Maharashtra, early Wednesday, officials said.

The fire is believed to have erupted in one coach and quickly spread to two other coaches, while the passengers were asleep at around 2.30 am, a Western Railway official spokesperson said.

The fire was brought under control soon afterwards and relief and rescue operations are underway.

Rescue teams and fire brigades from Dahanu have been rushed to the spot of the accident, reported NDTV.

The reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained.

The Dehradun Express runs between Bandra Terminus and Dehradun stations.

The following emergency numbers have been released in relation to the incident: 022 23011853, 022-23007386

With inputs from IANS