Kolkata fire: Caretaker, assistant in 14-day custody

A notice informing public about demolition work hangs on the gates of the Stephen Court building in Kolkata on Thursday

The caretaker of the fire-ravaged heritage building on Park Street and his assistant were on Thursday remanded to 14-day police custody as the blame game intensified with the Chief Minister warning civic officials of stern action over the ‘racket’ in illegal constructions.

Tarun Bagadia, the caretaker of Stephen Court, and his assistant Ramshankar Singh, arrested on negligence and other charges, were sent to police custody by a court of the chief metropolitan magistrate.

Acting on a petition, the Calcutta High Court granted interim stay on the demolition of any portion of the 150-year-old Stephen Court.

Debraj Sharma and other residents of Stephen Court submitted that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, in the name of demolishing the two top floors of the building, was destroying their property and not allowing them to enter.

The fire that broke out on Tuesday claimed 24 lives.

While Fire Services Minister Pratim Chatterjee put the number of missing at 24, Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said 12-15 people were untraceable.

Buddhadeb talks tough

Facing public outrage over the absence of safety norms, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee accused the civic administration of being hand in glove with the ‘coterie’ of illegal builders.

“The top floors of Stephen Court are illegal. We are investigating what the KMC’s role was at that time…The city has a coterie of illegal builders with whom the administration is involved. Exemplary punishment will be given. The fire has taught the government to intervene in such situations immediately,” he said in the State Assembly.

He went on to say that “a racket is working” in connivance with a section of the administration.

Search still on

Firemen continued search for the third day for those missing after the fire in the building as a stench was coming from the rubble on the upper floors.

“We can’t rule out more bodies as debris is yet to be cleared,” a fire brigade official said.

The residents demanded that they be allowed into the building, which was out of bounds for them, to collect their valuables.

The police and KMC officials had a tough time in facing the demonstrators, who included women with some lunging at the officials. “Save our houses. Don’t demolish them,” read one of the posters of the demonstrators.

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Kolkatta Fire : Caretaker arrested but owner still absconding

Kolkata : The caretaker of the 150-year- old heritage building on upscale Park Street and his assistant were arrested today on negligence and other charges as the toll in the fire that swept through it climbed to 24 with the recovery of eight more bodies.

An FIR was lodged by the fire brigade against caretaker Tarun Bagadia along with his assistant Ramshankar Singh, Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty said.

The promoter of the seven-storey Stephen Court building is absconding, police said.

Chakraborty said the fifth and sixth floors of the building where the fire broke out yesterday afternoon were constructed illegally. “These were later regularised,” he said.

According to records with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, there is one official trustee of the building along with 45 apportioned share holders. KMC has declared Stephen Court as a Grade-II heritage building for its architectural value.

Two dead in Kolkata building fire – Two persons died

Two persons died and at least 15 people were injured when a fire broke out in a multi-storied building on the upmarket Park Street in the city hub Tuesday, police said. Several people were feared trapped.

Fifteen fire tenders and over a hundred firemen have been rushed to control the blaze, which started within an elevator shaft in the building, police said

The ground floor of this building has the popular restaurant called Peter Cat. The building also houses the iconic confectionery Flury’s.

The fire began at 2.30 pm, at 2.45 pm firemen reached the spot and operation to rescue people from the fifth and sixth floors began at 3 pm and the Rapid Action Force was pressed in to control the crowds at 3.15 pm.

At least 15 people have been admitted to hospital, said Javed Shammim, Joint Commissioner of Police. Shammim said he couldn’t comment on the number of people injured.

Major Fire Breaks At Kolkata – Stephen Court Building

Kolkata, March 23, Massive fire breaks in the heart of kolkata Tuesday afternoon in a multi-storey Stephen Court Building in Park Street. Many has been trapped inside the building. The injured has been rushed to SSK hospital. 30 fire tenders rushed to the building
Major Fire Breaks At Stephen Court Building In Kolkata
The Stephen Court Building is very near to Park Hotel. Music World and Flury’s confectionary is on the ground floor of the building.

People are trapped in the 5th and 6th floor of the building.

Update: CNN-IBN reports two persons died. Times Now reports six people critically injured.
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Major fire engulfs Kolkata building; many trapped

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 façade was seen losing balance and falling to the ground.

Major Fire Breaks At Stephen Court Building In Kolkata

Kolkata, March 23, Massive fire breaks in the heart of kolkata Tuesday afternoon in a multi-storey Stephen Court Building in Park Street. Many has been trapped inside the building. The injured has been rushed to SSK hospital. 30 fire tenders rushed to the building
Major Fire Breaks At Stephen Court Building In Kolkata
The Stephen Court Building is very near to Park Hotel. Music World and Flury’s confectionary is on the ground floor of the building.

People are trapped in the 5th and 6th floor of the building.

Major Fire in Park Street, Kolkata, More Then 100 Trapped

Today on Tuesday, in the building – Music World – situated in the Park Street area of Kolkata, a huge fire broke out taken place. Two People has died and more than 100 people are caught by fire inside the building till now. More than 30 fire brigades are there to rescue people in the building.

At first the fire taken place east section of the building of Stephen Court’s 2nd floor and after that it spread to other parts quickly.

Several people are caught up by fire inside the building and save operations are in full swing there.

Park Street area is a well-known trading center of the West Bengal’s heart Kolkata.