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BREAKING: At Least 73 Dead In Horrific Fire… Here’s What We Know

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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

At least 73 people were killed when a packed train caught on fire in Pakistan.

The fire reportedly started when when a gas cylinder used for cooking food blew up inside.

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The cylinder was booked by a group of passengers who were using it to boil eggs on a gas stove when the blast happened.

It was cooking oil carried on the train by a group of Islamic missionaries known as Tableeqi-e-Jamaat that had caught fire after the initial cooking stove exploded, contributing to the extent of the blaze and its speedy progress, Fox News reports.

In Pakistan, poor passengers often bring their own small gas stoves on the trains to cook their meals, despite rules to the contrary, according to Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed. Safety regulations are often ignored in the overcrowded trains.

Firefighters were deployed to the site, and military helicopters were flown in to airlift the injured.
“Most deaths occurred from people jumping off the train,” Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad told Geo News. The bodies of those left inside were charred beyond recognition.
Train accidents in Pakistan are often the result of poor railway infrastructure and official negligence. Media reports on Thursday suggest that railways officials did not notice when passengers boarded the train, carrying individual gas stoves.

Officials said they were still trying to identify the victims and that the lists of fatalities and those injured were not ready yet.

Yasmin Rashid, a provincial minister in Punjab, told reporters that the medical staff was providing the best possible treatment for the injured at a hospital in Liaquatpur.

Those critically injured will be taken ambulances to the city of Multan, the largest city nearest to the site of the accident.

President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan issued statements expressing their sorrow over the tragedy.

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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

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