Fuel-carrying train's engine catches fire in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 14 : A major disaster was averted today when a fire that broke out in the engine of a fuel-carrying train was doused in time in upper Assam's Golaghat district.

Official sources said the engine of the train with 51 wagons, which had left Numaligarh Refinery in Golaghat in the morning, caught fire at Adharsatra railway station at around 0930 hours.

The fire was brought under control immediately and authorities ensured that it did not spread to the wagons, which could have led to a major disaster.

The train finally left the station at about 1500 hours when a new engine arrived. A technical fault is suspected to be the cause of the incident, the sources added.