Kolkata, Feb 27: At least 13 people were killed and over a dozen critically injured Wednesday when a major fire broke out at a multi-storey market complex here, police said.
“So far we have recovered 13 dead bodies. There might be some more people trapped inside…rescue operations are on,” city Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha said.
Over a dozen critically injured people have been taken to hospitals.
The fire broke out early Wednesday morning at the market in central Kolkata. Twenty-five fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flame.
Fire brigade personnel scrambled to rescue people as many are feared trapped inside the market, which houses shops and paper godowns.
State Fire Services Minister Javed Khan said the complex in which the fire broke out was illegally constructed and most of the entry and exit gates were locked, resulting in people being trapped inside.
Locals said the toll could go up as many people are still trapped inside.