9 killed in a massive Kolkata fire, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sympathizes loss of lives.
Kolkata: At least 9 people died in an epic fire that broke out from the 13th level of the multi-story property located in the Kolkata’s Strand Road area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of life and has offered compensation to the relatives of those who died and those injured in the incident.
The fire started on Monday(March 9) evening. It claimed all the lives of four firefighters and the assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in Kolkata’s Hare Street police station, an official from the railway, and a security officer.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an ex-gratia amount of Rs two lakhs from each Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the victims’ relatives who lost their lives in the devastating fire that ravaged Kolkata.
In addition, a sum of Rs 50,000 is to be paid to people who have been seriously injured, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Prime Minister was “Saddened by the loss of lives due to the fire tragedy in Kolkata. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”
Saddened by the loss of lives due to the fire tragedy in Kolkata. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 9, 2021
According to the news agency PTI, the names given to the fire brigade’s four officers who perished in the fire are Girish Dey Biman, Purokayet Gaurav Baij Aniruddha Jana. The name of Amit Bhawal names the ASI.
The Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased. He added, “Sincere condolences to the families of the 9 brave deceased including the 4 firefighters, 2 railways personnel & a police ASI who were fighting the fire at the Eastern Railways Strand road office in Kolkata.”
A minimum of 20 fire tenders, as well as two ladders with hydraulics, were put into service to extinguish the flame. Unfortunately, several firefighters also became sick due to the thick smoke surrounding the structure.
The incident occurred in the New Koilaghat building on Kolkata’s Strand Road. The building was home to offices of the Railways.
The fire was discovered at 6:15 pm. The intensities decreased by 9:45 at night. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived at the scene around 11 at night.
The former Kolkata Municipal Corporation mayor and chief administrator, Firhad Hakim, also reached the area to assess the situation. The fire’s origin at the New Koilaghat building is yet to be determined, the police stated.
The online booking system was temporarily suspended across all zones that make up the Eastern Railway. The building that caught fire contained the computerized ticket booking center on the first floor.