VIDEO: Fire breaks out at Rajiv Chowk Metro Station in Delhi, watch

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has provided an explanation as to what started the fire, details inside.

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Amidst the scorching heat, the country has seen numerous fire cases from different parts of the country. Most recently, a game zone in Gujarat and a baby care centre hospital caught fire, both resulting in numerous casualties. Now, an incident of fire has also come to light in Delhi Metro. A video showing visible flames above a train has surfaced. According to reports, the video is of Rajiv Chowk metro station. However, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has now given an explanation for the fire.

DMRC Principal Executive Director Anuj Dayal said that the train in the viral video was going towards Vaishali and at 6.21 pm, flames started coming out from above the train. This was caused by a phenomenon called pantograph flashing. The device mounted on the electric engine is called pantograph, whose job is to transmit electricity to the engine.a light fire is seen coming out from the roof of the train. This incident happened at Rajiv Chowk metro station.

What is Pantrograph flashing?

This happens when any foreign object gets stuck between the Overhead Equipment (OHE), i.e. electrical wiring installed over the track and the pantograph which is a device that transmits electricity from the wire to the engine. However, this does not pose any kind of danger to the passengers. He also said that the root cause of the incident, what the foreign object was, and how it got stuck there is currently being investigated.

The pantograph which caught fire was immediately isolated and after a delay of 5 minutes the train left for Vaishali with the other pantographs. The other pantographs present in the train were sufficient for its operation. No losses were incurred in the incident, according to the DMRC.

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