Major Fire Breaks Out at Slum in Kolkata’s Bagbazar Area, 20 Fire Tenders On Spot

Blasts were heard in the slum which police suspect to be of gas cylinders at the houses on fire, officials said. (Image: ANI)

Blasts were heard in the slum which police suspect to be of gas cylinders at the houses on fire, officials said.

  • PTI Kolkata
  • Last Updated: January 13, 2021, 20:27 IST
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A major fire broke out at a slum in Kolkata’s Bagbazar area on Wednesday evening, police said. At least twenty fire tenders were pressed into service as the blaze engulfed several houses in the slum on Kshirode Vidyavinode Avenue beside the Bagbazar Women’s College near Chitpore Lock Gate Bridge, according to reports.

Blasts were heard in the slum which police suspect to be of gas cylinders at the houses on fire, officials said. There were no reports of any casualty yet, but the fires continued to spread.

Wind from the adjacent Hooghly river and the gas cylinders at the affected zone are making matters difficult for firefighters, as per News18 reports.

“The reason for the fire is not known. The firemen are fighting it tooth and nail and hopefully, it will soon be under control,” a senior officer of the Kolkata Police said. The fire during the evening rush hours led to a massive traffic snarl in the area, officials said.

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