Kolkata: A massive fire broke out at Bagri Market in Kolkata’s Canning Street early on Sunday morning. At least 30 fire tenders are reportedly present at the spot and trying to contain it from spreading.
According to reports, the fire broke out at 2.45 am in the morning. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or injuries in the Bagri Market fire.
The fire broke out at a building housing shop in the market and has now spread to the 5th floor of the building. The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet.
“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. No injuries have been reported,” Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee told the media.
The fire has been so massive that black smoke engulfed the whole area. Even after eight hours, firefighters were finding it difficult to bring the blaze under control.
The fire started at ground floor of the five storied building and spread rapidly due to huge stock of inflammable articles, local media reported. The building, 71 Canning Street, houses several medicine shops, jewellery and cosmetics trading outlets.
Firefighters fear that if the flames could not be contained at the earliest, it may spread to nearby buildings. Kolkata Police’s disaster management group and civil defence unit was also helping the efforts to douse the fire, said a senior official.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while leaving for Europe trip, told reporters at the airport, “Nobody is trapped in the building. Also, no report of any casualty or injury has reached us.”
On September 9, a fire had broken out at the Howrah Railway Station due to short-circuiting on an electricity board on a pillar near a food plaza in the station premises. At least two fire tenders were rushed to the spot. No casualty was reported.