Published On: Sun, Sep 16th, 2018

BREAKING: Massive Fire at Kolkata’s Bagri Market; Loses Anticipated in Crores

Sunday’s wee hours turned to nightmare for hundreds of shop owners of Kolkata’s Bagri Market after a massive fire broke out at 2.30 am on the first floor of a five-storied building housing over 400 shops including plastic goods, chemicals and medicines. More than two dozen fire tenders responded immediately to bring the fire under control across the congested market in Canning Street.

Massive Fire at Kolkata's Bagri Market; Loses Anticipated in Crores

No casualty has yet been reported but one firefighter was injured and admitted to Calcutta Medical College.

The blaze spread quickly and authorities say lack of proper firefighting equipment is the reason.

Bagri Market is near to the Burrabazar wholesale hub and the building under fire was built in 1955. Initially it was a three-storied structure and later the upper two floors were added. It is at 71 canning street.

Area police said the fire started on the first floor and quickly spread on the other floors.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “I have reports that there had been no casualty and no one is trapped inside. Firefighting officials are working hard. It will be brought under control soon.”

Mayor and state fire minister Sovan Chatterjee reached the spot. He said, “The area is congested and firefighters have been facing a lot of trouble trying to bring it under control. They are risking their lives trying to put out the fire.”

Losses are anticipated to be in crores as shop owners had stocked good ahead of Bengal’s biggest festival Durga Puja.

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