A fire broke out at a multi-storey building in Kolkata claiming the lives of 9 emergency responders on Monday evening. CM Mamata Banerjee has announced Ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of the deceased and promised a government job for one family member.
Senior officials like Kolkata Commissioner of Police Soumen Mitra, Fire Minister Sujit Bose and Joint CP (crime) Murlidhar were monitoring the rescue operation from the New Koilaghat building on Strand Road where the fire broke out. Sujit Bose has confirmed that as of now the victims are reported to be 4 firefighters, 2 RPF Jawans, 1 Kolkata police ASI, 1 Railways officer and a security person.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot late at night on Monday to oversee the rescue efforts. She confronted the media and announced Ex gratia for the kin of the deceased.
“It is deeply saddening. Ex gratia of Rs 10 lakhs each will be given to the kin of the deceased and a government job will be given to one family member.” – CM Mamata Banerjee.
Meanwhile, the PMO has also approved an Ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF. PM Modi has also decided to provide Rs 50,000 for those who were seriously 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.” – PM Modi tweeted.
The fire was reported to the Kolkata Police near around 06:10 pm on Monday. According to a Fire Brigade official, 10 fire engines were rushed to the spot and are currently working to bring the situation under control.
5 of the 9 bodies were found in an elevator on the 12th floor. Reportedly, the victims were suffocated and burnt to death inside the lift. The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed.