Building collapse fears officials in Burrabazar

January 13th, 2008 - 5:32 pm ICT by admin  

Kolkata, Jan 13 (ANI): As the fire is still raging in some floors of the high-rise 13-storeyed Nandaram Market building at Burrabazar in Kolkata, it is feared to collapse by the officials.

The fire at the Nandaram market at Burrabazar, the biggest wholesale market of Kolkata, was still smouldering. Authorities were grappling to bring fire under control that gutted 3,500 shops and damaged eight multi-storey buildings.

The fire broke out on Saturday in the ‘Tripalpatti’ area of Burrabazzar and had later spread across the second, fifth, ninth and tenth floors of the nearby Nandaram market that houses textile shops and go downs.

Though no casualties have been reported, damages were estimated to be worth millions of rupees with goods including electronics, plastic items, tarpaulin, garments and cloth materials destroyed in the fire.

Even after 36 hours, the fire is still raging as officials struggle to bring it under control.

Locals fear that water shortage and the pace, at which the fire is spreading, would soon engulf nearby places as well and may turn into a major disaster.

“Due to shortage of water, the fire is spreading and is turning violent. The fire has spread to the Nandaram market and is close to spreading to other nearby markets as well. If that happens then there will be a mass destruction of property in all the surrounding markets,” said Bhola Prasad Solankar, a local.

Governor of West Bengal Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Mayor of Kolkata Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and state finance minister Asim Dasgupta visited the spot on Saturday and expressed their dismay at the disaster.

Around 50 fire engines of the West Bengal Fire Services as well as those of the Army, Navy and the Airport Authority have joined in the efforts to douse the blaze.

Fire fighting department said it may take another two days to curb the fire. (ANI)

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