At least 20 people have been killed and 40 injured when a major fire erupted at the main train station in Cairo, an Egyptian medical official says.
Mohammed Said, the head of the Cairo Railroad hospital, said the death toll could rise further following the blaze on Wednesday.
Photographs on social media showed clouds of black smoke billowing from the building in central Cairo.
The fire is said to have been triggered by an explosion of a fuel tank on a speeding train that was heading into the Ramses station in downtown Cairo.
A witness said there was an explosion when the train rammed into a steel barrier at Ramses station.
“I was standing on the platform and I saw the train speed into the barrier,” witness Mina Ghaly told Reuters news agency.
“Everyone started running but a lot of people died after the locomotive exploded.
“I saw at least nine corpses lying on the ground, charred.”
EGYPT: 24 dead, dozens injured in an explosion at a station in Cairo, Egypt pic.twitter.com/WMctq1vlJa
— Khalid khi (@khalid_pk) February 27, 2019
Fire at a train station in Cairo Egypt. Train collided with the station and burst into flames. At least 7 people confirmed dead. I won’t post the graphic images but you could see burned bodies laying on and near the tracks. Very tragic. pic.twitter.com/hCzJNzrY8y
— Mohamed K. Ateeq (@ATEEKSTER) February 27, 2019