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Bengal: Fire near tracks disrupts train services

KOLKATA: A major hearth broke out beside the Up CCR tracks (outside railway jurisdiction) at Baranagar station right here in Sealdah-Dankuni segment of Eastern Railway (ER) on Tuesday afternoon, forcing government to forestall services and products. Power in the overhead wires had been switched off immediately to stop the fire from spreading and causing any harm to railway property or passengers.

Around 12.25 pm, the fire started in a cluster of shanties next to a highrise on Belgharia Expressway simply next to the Baranagar station. As quickly as railway government got here to grasp of the fire, they switched off power to the overhead wires at 12.27 pm. Soon, hearth tenders arrived from Cossipore and hearth combating operations started. The blaze used to be after all brought under control at 1.03 pm. After ascertaining that there used to be no further chance, power to the overhead wires had been switched on at 1.07 pm and normal services and products resumed three mins later.

"This is a precautionary measure we have to take to prevent a major electrical fire that may spread to other sections as well through the charged wires. Due to the fire, six EMU locals and two long distance trains lost punctuality," an ER spokesperson said.

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