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Firemen, cop among 9 killed in Kolkata building fire

  • Published at 09:54 am March 9th, 2021
Kolkata fire
Photo Courtesy: ANI

Five of the nine bodies were found in an elevator on the 12th floor

Nine emergency responders have died in a fire that broke out at a multi-storey office building in Kolkata's Strand Road on Monday evening.

Among the dead are four firemen, a police officer, a Railways officer and a security person, officials said.

Five of the nine bodies were found in an elevator on the 12th floor. The victims appeared to have suffocated and burnt to death inside the lift, reports NDTV.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has expressed grief over the incident and ordered a high-level probe to ascertain the cause of the fire.

PM Narendra Modi also expressed grief over the incident and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the spot at around 11pm.

Earlier in the evening, immediately after the fire broke out at 6.30pm, the fire minister, the urban affairs minister and police officers rushed to the spot. At least 25 fire engines were deployed to put out the blaze that began on the 13th floor.

"Seven people are dead. The police commissioner says two more may be missing. The tragedy took place because the elevator was used during the fire. We will give Rs10 lakh to the families of those killed," the chief minister said.

"This is a railways property. Railways has a responsibility. Railways was unable to provide a map of the building. I don't want to do politics over the tragedy but no one from the railways has come to the site," she added.

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The fire started on the 13th floor of the New Koilaghat building, an office building shared by the Eastern Railway and the South Eastern Railway, next to the Hooghly River on Strand road.

The building houses railway ticketing offices, and as per reports, online bookings have been hit with the power being switched off.

Fire Minister Sujit Bose said he was "pained" by the incident and an inquiry will be ordered into why the elevator was used.

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