Kolkata Hatibagan market gutted in devastating fire

Kolkata: A large number of shops at the Hatibagan market in north Kolkata, one of the oldest in the metropolis, were reduced to ashes in a devastating blaze that broke out in the early hours today, official sources said.

The fire broke out at around 2:30 am with the flames affecting shops selling meat, fish, fruits and ghee in the sprawling market, the fire brigade officials said. However, there was no report of any casualty or injury.

Some people, reported to be trapped inside the market, were rescued later, with the fire largely under control at present. Altogether 30 fire tenders were pressed into the service to douse the flame, they said.

Fire Services Minister Javed Khan, who went to the spot, said the situation was largely under control, adding that the cause of the fire was under investigation. Top police officials, including Commissioner of Kolkata Police R K Pachnanda and DC (North) Vishal Garg were also present at the site. The Rapid Action Force was deployed and traffic on roads leading to the market was controlled.