Many people were feared trapped in a major fire that engulfed a 100-year-old building in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Massive flames leapt off several floors of the Stephen Court building on Park Street even as fire fighters tried to control the situation. The building is located opposite the one housing Flurys, the city’s iconic confectionery.
Pratim Chatterjee, Bengal’s Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, told Headlines Today that 40 fire tenders had been deployed. He refuted claims that there was a delay in starting rescue operations.
The fire appeared to have spread to several floors of the building. Heavy smoke was seen billowing out of the windows.
Fire fighters were using ladders to climb the building. A man trying to escape by scaling down the building’s faÃ§ade was seen losing balance and falling to the ground.