Kolkata Fire: Massive blaze at Bagri Market, 30 fire engines on spot

16 September 2018, 01:29 PM
Kolkata Fire: Massive fire breaks out at Bagri Market
Kolkata Fire: Massive fire breaks out at Bagri Market

A massive fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the central part of the Kolkata's congested Bagri Market on Canning Street. A total of 30 fire engines were rushed to the spot. "We are trying our best but firefighting operation is tough here because of the number of buildings. No injuries have been reported," said Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. The massive fire broke out at around 2:45 am on Sunday. The blaze was so huge that black smoke took over the whole Bagri Market area in Kolkata soon after the fire broke out. The fire at the five-storeyed building started from the ground floor as per the reports and spread in a lightning-fast speed due to numerous inflammable stock inside the building. The building in subject has numerous medicine shops, cosmetics and jewellery outlets. 

A massive fire broke out in a multi-story building early Sunday in the central part of the city's congested Bagree Market on Canning street, a senior official of the fire department said.

Canning Street is one of the major marketing hubs in Kolkata. It is located near the Burrabazar area of West Bengal. 

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This is the second major incident to have occurred in Kolkata after the 50-year-old Majherhat flyover collapsed in South Kolkata on September 6. Three people were killed in the accident. 

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# During the operation, one firefighter has been reportedly injured.

People who resided in the top floor of the building, managed to escape as soon as the fire broke out, as per unconfirmed reports.

“I have lost everything in the blaze just before Durga Puja. My store as well as a godown was gutted in the fire,” Anil Mehta, an angry shop owner said as quoted by PTI.

“Nobody is trapped in the building. Also, no report of any casualty or injury has reached us,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters at the airport.

 "Even after five hours, we are finding it difficult to contain the fire," he added.

"As the area is very congested, we are finding it difficult to work. We are using hydraulic ladder and gas cutters to cut through the grills of the gates and small windows to enter the building," a senior official of the fire department said.

# The area is yet to be evacuated, however, the operation is underway

Traffic restrictions have been imposed in Canning Street area due to the fire.

Latest visuals from Bagri Market on Canning Street in Kolkata, West Bengal

# No loss of lives have been reported so far

Fire Brigade Director General and senior police officers have reached the spot.

# There are around 420 stores in the market

# The area is extremely congested and is now hindering the operation as firefighters are unable to use the hydraulic ladder.

30 fire engines now present at the spot in Bagri market on Canning Street in Kolkata where a fire broke out on the wee hours of Sunday (today)

Traffic update: Roads between MG & and Podder Court and Canning Street in between Rabindra Sarani and Brabourne Road will remain shut to traffic due to the fire incident

# "The fire broke out at 2:45 am. We are trying our best but firefighting operation is tough here because of the number of buildings. No injuries have been reported," added Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee on fire at Bagri Market in Canning Street.

First Published: Sunday, September 16, 2018 06:53 AM
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