Nellore: The Tamil Nadu Express fire mystery deepens as officials speculate controversial conclusions. S 11 coach of the express caught fire on Monday due to unknown reasons. As reported, fire fighters were the first to reach the spot and they claimed that they did not find a trace of kerosene, while according to railway authorities; kerosene was the reason behind fire incident.
Nellore district fire officer G Srinivasulu said, "Neither did we find traces of kerosene nor smell it soon after our fire-fighters entered the compartment. Our personnel entered the compartment moments after the fire-fighting operation concluded around 5.30 a.m."
He further said that railway officials came to the site only after the fire was already extinguished. Senior officials say that a detailed probe needs to be carried out before reaching any kind of conclusion. They also mentioned that the fire did not spread to other coaches even when the two out of four doors were open and the train was heading at a speed of over 110 km per hour.
Considering the intense damage, seat number 50 and 60 are reported to be the origin of fire. An official said, "Charred and twisted bodies were lying around these seats. This clearly indicates that fire might have emanated from seat numbers 50 to 60."
Railway employee, Krishnamurthy was the first person to send the fire alert to control room at around 4.30 am when the train was crossing Nellore railway station.
Reportedly, fire fighters reached the spot within five minutes and started fire fighting operation in no time. Srinivasulu said, "We battled for an hour to douse the flames. We succeeded in rescuing two persons from the coach. The injured were shifted to the hospital in 108 ambulances."