Egypt train fire kills at least 370

Posted on February 20, 2002

A train fire in Egypt on Wednesday killed at least 370 people. The train was crowded with Egyptians leaving the capital for a religious holiday when it caught fire and traveled in flames for miles, reported the Associated Press. The fire was reportedly started by a cooking gas cylinder that burst, spreading through the last seven of the trains 11 cars. The train is said to have no dining car, but the cylinder may have been brought on by passengers, who often bring gas cylinders or small stoves aboard despite regulations forbidding it. About 1,200 people were aboard the train.

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