A fire broke out in a high-rise office building at Kolkata’s Park Street Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident, fire brigade officials said.
The fire broke out at around 11.10 am on the fifth floor of the building called Apeejay House. Ten fire engines were rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The building’s own firefighting system and underground pool were also used.
It took the officials two hours to douse the flames. The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined, fire officials said.
As soon as the smoke was detected, the entire building that houses several private offices was evacuated, they added.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said, “We got the news about the fire around 11 am. Soon, 10 fire tenders were pressed into service. The building also has its own firefighting system which was also used.
The sprinklers inside the building worked. A hydraulic ladder was also brought in but we did not have to use it. Most importantly, no one was injured.”
Jag Mohan, Director General of West Bengal Fire & Emergency Services, said, “The fire officers did a good job today. The cause of fire will be known after a probe. It is good to see that the building’s firefighting system worked perfectly and helped our officials to douse the flames.”