About 30 fire engines were trying to douse the fire in the congested area on Canning Street, local media reports said. There have been no reports of injuries.
A massive fire broke out last night at a building in central Kolkata's Bagri Market area.
About 30 fire engines were trying to douse the fire in the congested area on Canning Street. There has been no injury as the fire broke out late in the night and no one was present.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the area early in the morning and oversaw firefighting efforts. "The fire broke out at 2.45 am. We are trying our best but firefighting operation is tough here because of the number of buildings," he said.
The fire has been so massive that black smoke engulfed the whole area. The fire started at ground floor of the five storied building and spread rapidly due to huge stock of inflammable articles, local media reported. The building houses several medicine shops, jewellery and cosmetics trading outlets.
Firefighters fear that if the flames could not be contained at the earliest, it may spread to nearby buildings. Kolkata Police's disaster management group and civil defence unit was also helping the efforts to douse the fire.
Traffic restrictions have also been imposed in the area due to the fire.
Canning Street near the Burrabazar is one of the major trading hubs of the city.