India: Fire breaks out at Kolkata's Burrabazar market, no casualties

Burrabazar fire Photograph:( Twitter )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 27, 2017, 06.47 PM (IST)

A massive fire broke out at Burrabazar wholesale market located in central Kolkata on Monday night. At least 30 fire engines were deployed to douse the fire. Reports in the morning said even though there were no casualties but the fire hasn't been completely doused, firefighters are still at the spot.

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According to reports, the fire was first seen around 9:30 pm(Indian Standard Time) on Monday night at a multi-storey, where few people stay, near Burrabazar Police Station. 

 

The fire broke out last night at around 9:30 pm in a two-storeyed building on Amartala Lane in Burrabazar Market. At least 30 fire engines were deployed to douse the fire. No casualties were reported (WION)

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The fire intensified due to the presence of inflammable material, including gas cylinders in the godown, a senior official of the fire department told PTI.

 

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"There is no report of any casualty so far and few persons who were trapped inside the building have been rescued," the official said, adding people living in the adjacent buildings were also evacuated.

"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.

State Fire minister Sovan Chatterjee, who rushed to the spot, said, "We are trying hard to douse the fire. Our senior officers are here."

A police officer said, "The entire area has been cordoned off for the convenience of the firefighters.Traffic at Rabindra Sarani has been stopped while the traffic in the MG road area was partially stopped."

(WION)