Four children among five killed in West Bengal fire

October 22nd, 2008 - 3:09 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 22 (IANS) Five members of a family, including four children, were killed and 120 shanties destroyed in a devastating fire at Shibpur in West Bengal’s Howrah district Tuesday night.”Four of the five killed were children. All of them belonged to the same family,” a police official said, adding that four others have been admitted to a hospital in serious condition.

The fire, which broke out at around 9 p.m. on Foreshore Road, was brought under control around midnight by seven fire tenders, officials said.

Senior police officers have gone to the spot to prevent any breach of peace with the shanty-dwellers protesting against the late arrival of fire brigade personnel.

The cause of the fire was yet to be determined.

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