Massive Fire Breaks Out At Kolkata Market, 30 Fire Engines At Spot
A massive fire broke out at a building in central Kolkata’s Bagri Market area on Saturday night. Nearly 30 fire engines were trying to douse the fire in the congested area on Canning Street. No causalities have been reported so far as no one was present.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the area early morning and oversaw firefighting efforts.
He told, “The fire broke out at 2.45 am. We are trying our best but firefighting operation is tough here because of the number of buildings.”
The black smoke engulfed the entire area. Even after 5 hours of efforts, the fire couldn’t be brought under control.
Firefighters were not able to detect the actual source of the fire. They were seen breaking window panes and shutters of shops to enter the building. Firefighters fear that if the flames could not be contained at the earliest, it may spread to nearby building too.
“As the area is very congested, we are finding it difficult to work. We are using hydraulic ladder and gas cutters to cut through the grills of the gates and small windows to enter the building,” a senior official said.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured that an investigation will be conducted.
She said, “My officials are working on it. Even the Mayor has reached the spot. No casualties have been reported yet, and nobody is trapped inside the building. Though this kind of incident is not in our hands, an investigation will be done.”
Canning Street near the Burrabazar is one of the major trading hubs of the city.