Fire takes life of 9 in Kolkata

The incident took place at the New Koilaghat building on march9 (Monday) at Kolkata’s Strand Road. The building housed offices of the Railways. The fire was detected at 6:15 pm and its intensity reduced at 9:30 pm. At least 20 fire tenders and two hydraulic ladders were pressed into service to douse the blaze. Several firefighters also fell ill because of the thick smoke in the building. In a major fire that broke out at least nine persons were killed which includes four fire brigade officials, an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Kolkata’s Hare Street police station, a railway official and a security person.
PM Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the tragic fire in Kolkata. Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured, announced the Prime Minister’s Office.

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