A fire broke out in Kolkata’s Bhawanipur area on Monday at around 3 pm. Initial reports suggest that the fire erupted in a godown of a sweet shop.
Photos and videos posted on social media showed the top floor of a building in Jadubabu’s Bazar engulfed in flames. The thick cloud of smoke could be seen from about a kilometre away.
Fire fighters rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control. According to reports, the fire broke out in the kitchen of the sweet shop located on the third floor of the building.
The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.
Bhawanipur is a major area in the heart of the city. The northern part of the area is located next to Victoria Memorial.
This is the second major fire in Kolkata after a massive inferno broke out in Kolkata’s Bagri Market. Officials said on Monday that the Bagri market fire will be completely doused only after 72 hours.
“We have been able to contain the fire till the top floor. But to completely douse the fire, we need 72 more hours,” said Tushar Kanti Sen, Deputy Director (East Zone), West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services.
He said that controlling the pocket fires was taking time as the building was stuffed with goods.
A major fire broke out in a tyre godown at Shreeji Tower in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Several fire tenders have rushed to the spot.
According to the Chief Fire Officer, the fire broke out on the ground floor of a residential cum commercial building. No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.
A massive fire erupted on early Sunday morning in Kolkata’s Bagri market. The market is situated in the congested Burrabazar area in central Kolkata.
The fire broke out at a building housing shops in the market at around 2.30 am, sources said. Around 30 fire tenders were rushed to the spot and no immediate casualty has been reported. A ladder has been brought to reach the top of the five-storied building, sources said.
Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the market in Canning Street in the early hours, he said, “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 so far.”
According to reports, fire fighters are still trying to contain the massive fire as police and disaster management groups have also been pressed into action. Fire Brigade Director General and senior police officers too reached the spot.
Traffic police have also put restrictions in and around Canning Street. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Further details are awaited.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Two cinema theatres in the same premises in Gajuwaka area of Visakhapatnam were gutted in fire on Monday morning. No causality or injuries were reported in the incident. As per the preliminary information, the losses are estimated to be Rs 3 crore as furniture and sponge material chairs in the theatres gave room for the flames to spread quickly to entire area.
According to sources, flames started from Srikanya theatre near BC Road of Gajuwaka around 6am and spread to other Srikanya Heaven. Thick smoke engulfed the area and spread to neighboring places. Fire staff struggled for almost two and half hours as the flames with help of winds, wood material, furniture and foam seats spread to other areas. Even after five fire tenders were pressed into action, flames were not controlled till 8.45am.
Though the theatres have fire safety equipment, flames could not be controlled.Electrical short circuit is suspected to be the reason for the fire as per the preliminary report. Gajuwak Zonal Commissioner Chakradhar and city deputy Commissioner of Police K Fakkeerappa rushed the area and supervised the fire fighting operations. District collector Praveen Kumar has also rushed to the spot.