A train from Nanyuki to Nairobi has developed mechanical problems and caught fire just past Sagana station.
The six ‘wagon’ train had delivered petroleum products in Nanyuki and was en-route Nairobi.
It had no casualties as those in the cockpit managed to escape and used the fire extinguisher cans to control the spread of the fire before firefighters from Murang’a station arrived minutes later.
Captain Anthony Mwangi the lead firefighter at Murang’a told K24 Digital that they were called upon for rescue at about 9:30 am and managed to arrest the situation in time.
“We managed to control the fire before it spread to other places. We thank the residents for cooperating,” Mwangi said.
Witnesses narrate what transpired saying they thought the train would burst into flames after stopping with smoke coming out of it.
“We saw smoke filling up the air from the train. We couldn’t approach it as we were fearful it could burst into fire,” Caroline Muthoni said.
The fire which is said to have been caused by an electric fault was controlled by firefighters who arrived minutes later with the help of residents who flocked the scene.
Samuel Njuguna, who is a frequent user of train how the resumption of the Nairobi-Nanyuki train services have helped small businessmen from the region.
“We are hopeful this accident will not stall the operations of the train services,” Njuguna said.