Major fire in Kolkata high rise, several trapped inside

The fire broke out around 9 am on the 15th floor and later spread to the 16th floor, said sources.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata | Updated: September 2, 2014 2:55 pm
kolkata-fire-L Smoke and flames billowing out of a window after a fire at a building in Kolkata on Tuesday morning. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

Fire broke out at an age old 22-storey highrise commercial building in south Kolkata area on Tuesday morning. The building, known as Chatterjee International building, is one of the oldest highrise in the city.

According to sources, the fire broke out around 9 am on the 15th floor and later spread to the 16th floor. While the officegoers were yet to reach the building, at least seven persons were initially trapped. While three were rescued by police and fire department, four of them came down on their own. Three of the rescued persons were admitted to SSKM hospital.

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The building houses offices and commercial establishments mostly.

Traffic along Park Street – JL Nehru stretch (where the building is located) has been diverted and the area has been cordoned off.

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According to Fire and Disaster Management Minister Javed Ahmed Khan, as many as 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot with two hydraulic ladders. City mayor Sovan Chatterjee said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on tour to north Bengal, directed him to take all precautionary measures.

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According to sources in fire department, the fire might have been caused by an explosion of an AC machine at the 15th floor. However the cause of fire is yet to be ascertained .

 

 

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    RK Handa
    Sep 2, 2014 at 9:17 am
    High rise buildings in all major cities of India are prone to catching fire at slightest negligence. Many such incidents have happened in metros and other towns of India. A major cause of fire and buildings turning into 'infernos' is that mandatory fire safety rules are not complies with.Emergency exit points in high rise buildings often remain blocked with the waste and unusable furniture ,defying the very purpose of creating these exit points. Fire fighting equipment and material is not stored in advance.Electricity wiring system is erroneous leading to short circuits,inflammable material is stored in apartments just like food commodities. It is highly essential that strict fire safety rules be in place and any non-compliance of the rules should be made punishable by sealing the default apartment.While issuing NOCs to apartment owners ,Fire safety department should ensure that each and every clause of the rule book has been enforced.Exercise of some strictness on part of authorities could minimise incidents of fire in high rise buildings..
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    Eugene Verstegen
    Nov 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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    Eugene Verstegen
    Nov 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    The Evacuator makes it possible to rescue yourself from high buildings/structures up to 300 meters , www.Evacuator !
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