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.

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

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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.

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.

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