Kolkata: At least 6-7 firefighters are feared dead after a fire broke out on the 13th floor of a multi-storeyed building that houses Eastern Railway offices on the Strand Road in Kolkata on Monday evening.
Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra rushed to the spot along with state minister Sujit Bose and Mayor Firhad Hakim.
According to West Bengal Fire and Disaster Minister Sujit Bose, 6-7 firefighters are trapped inside the building and are feared dead. However, authorities had earlier said that no injuries were reported so far.
Kolkata Police was first alerted about the incident at 6.10 pm on Monday. At least 10 fire engines were immediately sent to the spot and are still working to bring the situation under control, a Fire Brigade official told India Today.
West Bengal: Fire breaks out on the 13th floor of a multi- storey building at Strand road in Kolkata. 8 fire tenders reach the spot. More details awaited pic.twitter.com/DLzrmBZDkF
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The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Eastern Railway spokesperson Kamal Deo said that the New Koilaghat building on Kolkata’s Strand Road has offices of the Eastern Railway and the South Eastern Railway. It also has a computerised ticket booking centre on the ground floor.
“We are fighting the fire. We have evacuated most floors of the building,” a Kolkata Police official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Department has control over 110 fire stations equipped with around 550 different types of fire engines. The system is manned by about 6,500 trained firefighters.