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Fire breaks out at Vivekananda Market

Kolkata: A fire broke out at Vivekananda Market here on the wee hours on Thursday morning.

Seven fire tenders brought the flames under control after almost four hours. None was hurt in the incident.

According to sources, around 3:45 am on Thursday the fire broke out at a garment's shop inside the market.

Local residents saw smoke billowing out of the market and informed the fire brigade.

Before the fire tenders could reach the spot, the fire spread in at least 50 shops.

Five fire tenders were pressed into action and the firemen tried hard to control the flames. But as the intensity of the fire was very high, it continued to spread to other shops.

Immediately, two more fire tenders were pressed into service. Later, after almost three hours, fire fighters brought the inferno under control. Following that a section of fire fighters kept on spraying water to douse the fire completely while another section of fire fighters sprayed water on the gutted shops to cool down the structures so that no pocket fire remains active. As the shops were filled with garments and other inflammable materials, fire spread quickly. Fire was completely doused around 7:45 am. Apart from the market, several houses adjacent to the market also got damaged due to the heat.

Several houses, glass panes on the windows broke and electrical wires melted due to the heat. Businesspersons assume that the damages due to the fire is worth more than crores of rupees. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained.

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