A deadly fire broke out in an office building in central Kolkata’s Strand Road at evening on Monday. The fire killed total nine people that included four firemen, a Railways officer, a security person and a police officer.
Those who died are likely to have suffocated and burnt till death inside a lift.
Following the incident Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has expressed his condolences and have ordered an high level investigation in the cause of fire.
“Sincere condolences to the families of the 9 brave deceased including the 4 firefighters, 2 Railways personnel and an Assistant Sub Inspector of Police (ASI) who have been fighting the fire at the Eastern Railways Strand road office in Kolkata,” tweeted the Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
“Railway officials including the GM are at the site and are working in coordination with the State Govt for rescue and relief efforts. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure safety of all concerned,” he said in another tweet.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his mourn and prayed for the speedy recovery for those who got injured in the incident.
“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,” tweeted the Prime Minister.
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his grief over the incident.
“Pained beyond words by the extremely tragic fire accident at a building in Kolkata. My deep sympathy and condolences for the bereaved families. I wish for speedy recovery of the injured,” tweeted President Ram Nath Kovind.
Later at 11 pm the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the spot where the fire took place.
Early at the evening, instantly after the fire broke out at 6.30 pm, the fire and emergency services minister, the urban affairs minister and police officers hurried to the spot. At least 25 fire engines were deployed to put out the fire that started on the 13th floor.
“Seven people are dead. The police commissioner says two more may be missing. The tragedy took place because the elevator was used during the fire. We will give ₹ 10 lakh to the families of those killed,” said Mamata Banerjee.
“This is a railways property. Railways has a responsibility. Railways was unable to provide a map of the building. I don’t want to do politics over the tragedy but no one from the railways has come to the site,” added the Chief Minister.
Expressing his sadness over the incident the Fire Minister Sujit Bose said an inquiry will sit in the matter, why the lift was used.