Kolkata fire: 18 killed at Sealdah market

Namita lost her husband Radha Govinda Poddar in the Sealdah market fire incident. She is yet to get any information about her son Ratan who is missing since the incident took place. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Namita lost her husband Radha Govinda Poddar in the Sealdah market fire incident. She is yet to get any information about her son Ratan who is missing since the incident took place. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
A major fire engulfed a market housing a godown-cum-office complex in Sealdah area here early today, leaving 18 people dead and several others injured. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
A major fire engulfed a market housing a godown-cum-office complex in Sealdah area here early today, leaving 18 people dead and several others injured. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Rina and Rabi Ghosh broke down after their shop in the market burnt. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Rina and Rabi Ghosh broke down after their shop in the market burnt. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
“We will take action against the market authorities for not having any fire safety arrangement", the Fire Services Minister said.
“We will take action against the market authorities for not having any fire safety arrangement", the Fire Services Minister said.
Fire personnel carry a dead body from the fire site. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Fire personnel carry a dead body from the fire site. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
“A compensation of Rs two lakh will be paid to the kin of those who have died in the fire and Rs 50,000 to those injured," Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said after visiting the market housing. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
“A compensation of Rs two lakh will be paid to the kin of those who have died in the fire and Rs 50,000 to those injured," Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said after visiting the market housing. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Mamata Banerjee urged people, who sleep in markets in the night to be more careful and take precautionary measures like not to light a fire near inflammable materials. "They should be more careful. Mischief makers also can cause damage," she said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Mamata Banerjee urged people, who sleep in markets in the night to be more careful and take precautionary measures like not to light a fire near inflammable materials. "They should be more careful. Mischief makers also can cause damage," she said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The Bengal CM also assured that Everything will be investigated to find out the cause of the fire before leaving for the Medical College morgue where the dead bodies have been taken.(IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The Bengal CM also assured that Everything will be investigated to find out the cause of the fire before leaving for the Medical College morgue where the dead bodies have been taken.(IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Mamata Banerjee has directed the police, fire brigade and the municipal corporation to submit a report on the fire at a market here within three days. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Mamata Banerjee has directed the police, fire brigade and the municipal corporation to submit a report on the fire at a market here within three days. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Firemen at work at the godown-cum-office complex in Sealdah area, Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Firemen at work at the godown-cum-office complex in Sealdah area, Kolkata. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Jaya wife of Pranab Roy, an office owner of the building where the fire broke out breaks down seeing the damage. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Jaya wife of Pranab Roy, an office owner of the building where the fire broke out breaks down seeing the damage. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Kolkata Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Javed Shamim said the dead included a woman. Fifteen people have far been rescued from the inferno. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Kolkata Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) Javed Shamim said the dead included a woman. Fifteen people have far been rescued from the inferno. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The fire was detected in the Sealdah building at 3.50 am when the victims were fast asleep, police said. The injured were rushed to state-run NRS and Medical College hospitals. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
The fire was detected in the Sealdah building at 3.50 am when the victims were fast asleep, police said. The injured were rushed to state-run NRS and Medical College hospitals. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who visited the spot later in the morning said the market building not only had shops but also families who lived there, suggesting that these families be moved to night shelters. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who visited the spot later in the morning said the market building not only had shops but also families who lived there, suggesting that these families be moved to night shelters. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Mamata Banerjee also said that the government will be strict about safety conditions in buildings like this one. ''I am not in favour of destroying livelihoods of people. Only those hazardous buildings will be taken down, which are a threat,'' she said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Mamata Banerjee also said that the government will be strict about safety conditions in buildings like this one. ''I am not in favour of destroying livelihoods of people. Only those hazardous buildings will be taken down, which are a threat,'' she said. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Fire Services Minister Javed Khansaid 26 fire tenders fought the blaze for over three hours to bring the situation under control. Firemen and police personnel cordoned off the area to facilitate fire fighting operations. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)
Fire Services Minister Javed Khansaid 26 fire tenders fought the blaze for over three hours to bring the situation under control. Firemen and police personnel cordoned off the area to facilitate fire fighting operations. (IE Photo: Partha Paul)

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