Twenty-four people are dead and 50 injured after a huge fire broke out on a train entering a major train station in Egypt, according to local reports.

Horrifying pictures of bodies strewn on the tracks and a platform have emerged after the fire reportedly caused the train to derail.

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The train was entering the main Ramses station in Cairo, the capital city, from Alexandria when the blaze erupted, according to local reports.

There are fatalities and many people injured, a security source said, but the official number of people affected has not been confirmed.


Shorouk News said the fire had killed 24 and wounded 50.

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Railway authorities have ordered the full evacuation of the station this morning.

It remains unclear why the fire broke out, but some reports suggest it crashed into a steel barrier on the pavement before flames ignited.

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The apparent crash caused a fuel tank to explode, Sky News Arabia reports.