At least seven people were reported dead in a fire that broke out on the 12th floor of a multi-storeyed building in Kolkata’s Strand Road area on Monday evening. The blaze erupted at 6.10 pm in the building which has railway offices.
Eight fire tenders were rushed to the site to douse the flames. The fire was later brought under control.
“Seven casualties reported so far in the incident of fire in Kolkata,” Sujit Bose, MIC Fire, and Emergency Services, said in a statement.
Out of them, four were firefighters, one assistant sub-inspector posted at the Hare Street police station and one RPF personnel.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the incident site late Monday night and announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for the family of the deceased persons.
“It’s very sad. Ex gratia of Rs 10 lakhs each will be given to the kin of the deceased and government job will be given to one family member,” she said.