Kolkata market blaze: Fire dept to file FIR against owners

An FIR will be filed by the Fire Services Department for alleged negligence by the owners of the market complex in Sealdah which was gutted in a major fire today leaving 19 people dead and 10 others injured.

hidden February 27, 2013 15:32:57 IST
Kolkata market blaze: Fire dept to file FIR against owners

Kolkata: An FIR will be filed by the Fire Services Department for alleged negligence by the owners of the market complex in Sealdah which was gutted in a major fire today leaving 19 people dead and 10 others injured.

"A case of negligence will be filed by the fire services department against the owners of the Surya Sen Market complex," West Bengal Fire Services minister Javed Khan said.

Kolkata market blaze Fire dept to file FIR against owners

The fire in Surya Sen market in Kolkata. AFP.

Stating that there were no fire-fighting arrangements in the building housing a godown and offices, he said "Installation of fire-fighting equipment is mandatory in high rises and market complexes."

He said that after the post-mortem examination of the bodies, there would a statutory inquiry and an FIR would be filed by the department.

PTI

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According to fire officials, plastics, paper and cloth were stored in the godowns. The ground floor and the first floor of the complex, which sustained the maximum damaged, housed 200 shops.