Kolkata, Jan 13: A slum in north Kolkata’s Bagbazar area was turned into ashes as a major fire broke out on Wednesday evening, leaving hundreds of people homeless, officials said. Twenty-seven fire tenders took around four hours to control the blaze that broke out around 6.55 pm in the Hazari Bustee on Kshirode Vidyavinode Avenue beside the Bagbazar Women’s College near the Chitpore Lock Gate Bridge, they said.
Consecutive gas cylinder blasts in the shanties further added to the blaze, which soon spread to adjacent buildings, including the heritage Sarada Mayer Bari and a godown of books, officials said There were no reports of any casualty as most of the people were evacuated on time, they said. “The entire Hazari Bustee has turned into ashes. The situation is now under control and cooling operations are underway. The entire slum, as well as the neighbouring buildings and residential houses, were evacuated on time,” an officer of the Kolkata Police said.
The office of Sarada Mayer Bari, the residence of Sarada Devi — the wife of 19th century Hindu mystic Ramakrishna, was severely damaged in the fire as police rescued four-five monks stuck inside, he said. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained but going by …Summary on Major Fire At Kolkata Slum Leaves Hundreds Homeless, Blaze Under Control After 4hrs provided by on