Kolkata: At least nine people have died after a fire broke out at the Eastern Railways Office on the 13th floor of the multi-storey New Koila Ghat building on Kolkata’s Strand Road on Monday, 8 March.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot to take stock of the incident.
The deceased include four firemen, a police official and two Railway Protection Force personnel, said the Chief Minister. Two other people from the eastern railways have also lost their lives.
She further announced financial aid of 10 lakh rupees to the family of the deceased and a job for one member of the family.
Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has approved an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of the deceased as well. Meanwhile, Rs 50,000 will be given to those seriously injured, the PMO announced on Tuesday morning.
The nine casualties were trapped in a lift which they were taking to go up to the 13th floor.
“The lift was completely burnt”, said Banerjee.