Major fire breaks out at north Kolkata slum

Major fire breaks out at north Kolkata slum

Shillong Times

KOLKATA: A major fire broke out in Kolkata's Bagbazar area on Wednesday evening, West Bengal fire services officials said.

As many as 27 fire engines were pressed into service to douse the blaze. The fire broke out at around 7 pm at Chitpore Lock Gate Bridge's Hazari Bustee area located on Kshirode Vidyavinode Avenue near the Bagbazar Women's College.

At least 40 shanties were gutted in the fire. Residents of the nearby highrises were also shifted to safer places as there were blasts at the spot. The police suspect that gas cylinders were stuffed at the shanties which blasted during conflagration.

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