Fire in Kolkata factory, no casualties (Lead)

December 20th, 2011 - 12:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) A huge fire broke out in a rubber shoe factory in south east Kolkata’s Tiljala area, fire brigade sources said Tuesday, days after a fire at the AMRI hospital killed 93 people. There were no reports of loss of life.

The leaping flames were controlled Tuesday morning after a 10-hour effort.

Twenty fire tenders were rushed to the spot to control the blaze, which engulfed the second and third floors of the building after the flames were first seen at 11 p.m. Monday.

“Our men have managed to reach both the affected floors and the fire is now fully under control,” a fire brigade official said.

He said combustible material stacked in the two floors and the narrow road made the firemen’s work difficult.

The fire, 10 days after the devastating AMRI Hospital inferno on Dec 9, created panic in the locality.

As the area is very congested, all nearby houses were evacuated as a preventive measure.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Fire Services Minister Javed Khan visited the site in the early hours of Tuesday to supervise the fire-fighting operation.

The cause of the fire was not officially confirmed but officials suspect a short circuit.

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