Fire at Cairo’s Main Train Station Leaves Casualties
At least 10 people were killed and more than 22 injured on Wednesday when a major fire broke out at the main train station in the Egyptian capital Cairo.
Mohammed Said, the head of the Cairo Railroad hospital, said the death toll is expected to rise further.
The fire is said to have been triggered by an explosion of a fuel tank on a speeding train that was heading into the Ramsis station in downtown Cairo.
Heavy black smoke was seen rising into the sky at the scene.
The daily Al-Ahram said the train crashed and the fuel tank exploded, causing the fire, but details were still not confirmed.
“I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier,” eyewitness Mina Ghaly told Reuters.
“Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded.”
“I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred,” Ghaly added.