A massive fire broke out at central Kolkata’s LIC building situated at Jawaharlal Nehru Road (Chowringhee Road) on Thursday morning around 10:20AM. The uncontrollable flames raised a large amount of black smoke as the fire continued to spread. A total of 10 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the fire. The alarming fire spread on the 16th floor of the commercial building which houses State Bank of India’s (SBI) global market office.

The reason behind the fire is not yet known. Relief work is underway and no casualties have been reported so far. SBI’s Chief General Manager (East circle) was available for a comment. He assured that no person was stuck in the damaged floor as most of the employees are on a holiday on the occasion of the festivals of Diwali and Kali Puja. It is expected that due to the building being almost empty the possibility of casualties will be nil. 

The building is a financial complex of Kolkata and has offices of various financial organisations like the LIC and SBI.  It is located in the Shakespeare Sarani which is a business lane sheltering some of the most prominent stores and commercial spaces of Kolkata. The street covers the distance between Park Circus to the Jawaharlal Nehru Road.

The building is located in the Shakespeare Sarani which is a business lane sheltering some of the most prominent stores and commercial spaces of Kolkata. The street covers the distance between Park Circus to the Jawaharlal Nehru Road.

As per reports, several important paperwork and documents have been charred in the fire. The Fire Department has assured of tackling the fire soon, “we might need to bring in more fire tenders at the spot”, said an official from the department. Most of the vehicles using the lane have been directed to use a different route. The traffic going towards Exide is now using the lane from Victoria circle and not the Taramandal Road.

The fire has been doused now and the situation is completely under control after 6 long hours of hard work said the Deputy Director of Fire Department. No injuries were casualties were determined he added. 

Earlier on Wednesday, at least 8 people were killed and 20 injured in a fire explosion that took place at a firecrackers factory at Bahabalpur in Balasore district of Odisha. The injured were rushed to the hospital immediately after the incident and were provided medical attention.