Kolkata: Fire in Burrabazar market, no casualty reported

Kolkata: Fire department officials said the fire intensified due to the presence of inflammable material, including plastic and gas cylinders in the Burrabazar godown.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 28, 2017 7:41 am
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After a huge fire broke out in Kolkata’s Burrabazar area on Monday night, 30 fire tenders are still on the spot trying to douse the flames in the multi-storey building housing several godowns. The fire is now reportedly under control. The incident which took place near Bagri Bazar was reported at around 10pm on Monday. Fire department officials said the fire intensified due to the presence of inflammable material, including plastic and gas cylinders in the godown.

“There is no report of any casualty so far and a few persons who were trapped inside the building have been rescued,” the official said to news agency PTI. 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.


According to police sources, a disaster management team later joined the fire fighting operation. State Fire Service Minister Sovan Chatterjee, who reached 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.” Chatterjee is also the mayor of the city. The area had been cordoned off and traffic on Rabindra Sarani and M G Road was affected due to the incident.

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    Feb 28, 2017 at 2:57 am
    We have to learn lessons from such fire mishaps and understand/appreciate the immense difficulties/constraints our brave fire fighting personnel , fire tenders etc.face due to congested areas of fire/mishap in question as well as adjoining very narrow lanes,bylanes etc. There are many such congested areas in Kolkata,nearby Howrah, Varanasi etc having so many very narrow lanes/ bylanes etc. What if any major fire occurs there? High time to take some preventive measures there in this context. Road widening may be an option. NFSC Nagpur also needs to focus more in their training programs , on measures/techniques needed in such very trying fire fighting scenarios in congested spots..The other day one came across a photo of a fatso person tweeted by a female journalist from Mumbai along with some comments on him. It turned out he had some health issues. In the above context one feels that such fatso persons ought not to be deplo in fire fighting wings of govt.depts., undertakings etc.due to necessities of swift fast factions needed in fire fighting situations incldg. speedy sprintings.. At times fat overtimes also create such fat bellies. Some such fatsos exist in quite a few fire fighting wings.and are better moved to some other less demanding desks.