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Kolkata fire highlights: Fire at Calcutta Medical College, over 250 patients evacuated

Kolkata fire highlights: Ten fire tenders are at the Calcutta medical college and hospital. No injuries have been reported. Smoke engulfed the building and many patients reportedly tried to jump out of the window to save themselves.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2018 12:23:04 pm
Kolkata Fire: Ten fire tenders have been rushed to the spot Partha Paul

A fire broke out at Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday morning. Ten fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the fire. No casualty has been reported as of now and at least 250 people have been evacuated and are being moved to different blocks., IE Bangla

According to preliminary reports, the fire broke out at the Department of Pharmacy early this morning. Local media footage showed few of the patients being taken out of the building with their saline drips. Few of them could also be seen lying on the floor waiting for help.

A disaster management team of the Kolkata Police, fire officials and senior officials are on the spot. A senior fire official said the fire has been brought under control.

In Pictures | Fire at Kolkata Medical College and Hospital

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A fire broke out at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital this morning. Read highlights in TamilBangla,

11:58 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Cardiology patients shifted to emergency ward

According to sources, 57 patients who were admitted to the cardiology department on the first floor of the building were shifted to the emergency ward. 'Some of these patients have undergone surgeries like angioplasty, pacemaker, implantations etc”, said a senior doctor of the hospital. The oxygen cylinders kept in the storeroom close to the pharmacy are being shifted to another department. According to preliminary estimates, the fire has damaged a large stock of medicines. 

11:48 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Major fires Kolkata has seen this year

As the blaze in Kolkata Medical College and Hospital is being doused, here is a quick look at the major fires the city has witnessed in the past few months.  Tuesday night, a fire broke out at the kitchen of a hotel in central Kolkata, police said. The fire broke out at around 8.55 pm in the kitchen of the Roy & Roy hotel in Bowbazar police station limits. There were no reports of any casualty and it took five fire tenders half-an-hour to douse the flames. Read more

10:18 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Mayor Shovon Chattopadhyay at the spot, overlooking rescue efforts

Mayor Shovon Chattopadhyay is at the spot. "I have been told that patients have been evacuated. We are looking into the incident," he said, reported PTI. Senior officials from Kolkata Police, Fire Department and West Bengal Disaster Managment are also at the hospital

10:04 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Oxygen cylinders being moved out

According to officials on the ground, the fire is now under control and is expected to be doused soon. Meanwhile, the authorities are shifting oxygen cylinders from the hospital in order to stop further damage. 

09:50 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Fire teams try to douse blaze

The fire reportedly broke out at the Department of Pharmacy early this morning. Officials expect the fire to be contained soon. (Express photos by Partha Paul)

09:40 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Patients lying on floor outside hospital

09:38 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Rescue operations underway
09:38 (IST)03 Oct 2018
Past fire incidents in Kolkata

Last month, a massive fire broke out at Bagree market, located in congested Canning Street. Over 60 firefighters were pressed into service and the fire was contained after two days. No casualty was reported, but goods estimated to be worth crores turned to ash and several shops in the market — considered one of the country’s largest wholesale hubs — were gutted, said police sources.

The medical college also known as the Calcutta Medical College is one of the oldest hospitals in the city. Established in 1948, the college is located next to Calcutta University and Presidency College.