Seven die on Ukraine train

09:25, 25 December 2006
Ukraine
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Passenger`s fuel blamed

A train fire in eastern Ukraine killed seven people at the weekend and officials said on Monday the blaze was caused by a passenger carrying a canister of fuel, according to Reuters.

      The Emergencies Ministry said the fire broke out on a local train outside Kharkiv, Ukraine`s second city, on Saturday. It said initial investigations showed "a violation of rules of carriage of inflammable materials" was to blame.

      Kommersant Ukraina daily said a passenger was drunk and others on the train complained when fuel began leaking on to the carriage floor. It said he emptied the canister in a fit of rage and set its contents on fire with a lighter.

      Ukrainians sometimes carry canisters of fuel with them to guard against possible shortages.

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