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.
Bagri Market, a part of Kolkata’s largest trading hub Burrabazar, had a huge stock of inflammable articles like perfumes, cosmetics and pharmaceutical goods when the fire broke out on Sunday morning.
An official said some of the firefighters suffered minor injuries.
(With inputs from agencies.)