A massive fire broke out in north Kolkata's Baghbazar area this evening. 25 fire engines are at the spot trying to bring the fire under control which broke out at a slum in the area. At least 40 shanties have been burnt to ashes in the fire that broke out near Baghbazar's Women's College. Blasts were heard in the slum which police suspect to be of gas cylinders at the houses on fire. The wind has made the situation worse. There were no reports of any casualty as most of the people were evacuated on time. The fire is still blazing 1.5 hours after it started. Efforts are on to control the blaze.
Locals alleged that firefighters reached the spot at least an hour late, because of which the blaze went out of control. A couple of police vehicles were vandalised, following which a team of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed to control the angry mob, the officer said. Ambulances are also present at the spot.