Kolkata: A large
number of shops at the Hatibagan market in north Kolkata, one of the
oldest in the metropolis, were reduced to ashes in a devastating blaze
that broke out in the early hours on Thursday, official sources said.
fire broke out at around 2:30am with the flames affecting shops selling
meat, fish, fruits and ghee in the sprawling market, the fire brigade
However, there was no report of any casualty or
injury. Some people, reported to be trapped inside the market, were
rescued later, with the fire largely under control at present.
30 fire tenders were pressed into the service to douse the flame, they
Fire Services Minister Javed Khan, who went to the spot,
said the situation was largely under control, adding that the cause of the
fire was under investigation.
Top police officials, including
Commissioner of Kolkata Police RK Pachnanda and DC (North) Vishal Garg
were also present at the site.
The Rapid Action Force was
deployed and traffic on roads leading to the market was controlled.