Children were among those killed in the blaze. The death toll is expected to grow. The massive fire spreaded through the train. Another 30 are injured, many of them critically, said Nadeem Zia, the medical supervisor of District Headquarters Hospital in Liaquatpur. Several of the injured jumped off when the train was moving, many to their deaths. It took at least 20 minutes for the train to stop after the fire broke out. The train screeched to a halt near the town of Liaquatpur. People from nearby villages rushed to the train, carrying buckets of water and shovels to help contain the fire. The train was carrying people from Karachi to a religious conference in Rawalpindi.
Although gas cylinders are banned on trains, passengers were using gas-powered cookers to prepare breakfast inside the train carriage. Railways officials did not notice when passengers boarded the train, carrying individual gas stoves. President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan issued statements expressing their sorrow over the tragedy.