Fire destroys century-old building at Burrabazar

Kolkata mayor and fire minister Sovan Chatterjee said that cracks had developed in the building and it may be demolished after consultation with Kolkata Municipal Corporation engineers. Talking to reporters in Nabanna, Ms Banerjee said that there are some areas, particularly in central Kolkata, where the roads are so narrow that the fire engines can not reach the spot for fire fighting.

Officials have evacuated residents of all buildings adjacent to the house where the fire broke out. "But we can't say if it would collapse", the official said. The area is surrounded by residential buildings as well.

During the firefighting operations, at least 13 firefighters were slightly injured, according to reports. The reason of the fire is yet to be ascertained and no injuries have been reported. The army had to be deployed then to douse the flames after the fire department failed to bring the situation under control.

"The lanes near the building were very narrow".

A major fire broke out in Kolkata's wholesale market Burrabazar on Monday night.

"The Chief Minister wants to ensure that the fire safety guidelines are followed by everybody during construction of each and every building in the city to avoid any untoward incident", the source said.

"The fire fighters and the disaster management team did a remarkable job in controlling the situation", he added. "The blaze is also spreading fast due to the presence of inflammable materials", he said. 35 fire tenders had to be pressed into service initially to control the blaze.

  • Joanne Flowers