25 dead in Burma train fire

25 dead in Burma train fire

25 dead in Burma train fire

Updated 10 November 2012, 17:26 AEST

A deadly train fire in Burma's northwest has killed 25 people and injured nearly 100 more.

Two petrol tankers loaded onto the train overturned in Friday's accident and local villagers collecting the fuel were burned to death as flames tore across the crash site.

While the death toll did not rise overnight, police said 93 injured people were undergoing treatment, most of them in local hospitals in the town of Kantbalu in the Sagaing Region bordering India.

"I don't think the death toll will rise. The people who died perished on the spot when they were burnt," a police officer said.

The officer added that the cause of the accident was still unknown.

Photographs posted on a government website on Friday showed the charred remains of victims and debris scattered around the wreck site.

Residents in the remote area rely on trains as the roads are poor, but the rail system is in desperate need of renewal after years of underinvestment.

AFP