A massive fire has broken out at Burrabazar, the biggest wholesale market of Kolkata. At least 30 fire tenders were pressed into the service to tackle the situation. It has been learned that the fire is under control now but not completely doused, according to ANI report. The fire broke out last night. No injuries have been reported so far, but as per last update available, the rescue team is still trying to bring the situation under control. Residents are being evacuated by the firemen. About 20 fire engines and a disaster management team were immediately sent to the spot to douse the flames, reported ANI. Later the number of fire engines were increased to 25.
As per reports, the fire was first seen at around 9 pm at a multi-storey building near the Burrabazar Police Station. The area has several residential buildings and the efforts to douse the fire is still underway. The exact reason behind the incident is still not clear. Traffic conditions around the vicinity has been disrupted due to the fire.
“There is no report of any casualty so far and a few persons who were trapped inside the building have been rescued,” an official said, adding people living in the adjacent buildings were also evacuated fearing the building might collapse.
“It is a massive fire and we are trying to douse it, but the thick smoke is making it difficult for us to reach the spot since the building is located in a congested area behind Burrabazar police station. The blaze is also spreading fast due to the presence of inflammable materials,” he said.
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Later, a disaster management team also joined the fire-fighting operation, a police source said. State Fire Service Minister Sovan Chatterjee, who rushed to the spot, said, “We are trying hard to douse the fire and several steps have been taken to prevent the fire from spreading in the adjoining areas. Our senior officers are here.”
“Water tank of Nakhoda mosque is being used by the fire fighters as the water source,” he added. Chatterjee, who is also the mayor of the city, supervised the fire-fighting operations. Two to three LPG cylinders were taken out during the evacuation in his presence, a fire department personnel said.
“The entire area has been cordoned off. Traffic at Rabindra Sarani has been stopped while the traffic on M G Road was restricted,” a police officer said.
(With reports from agencies.)