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Major fire destroys over 100 shanties in Kolkata

Kolkata A major fire destroyed over 100 shanties in Tangra area in Kolkata today, but there was no loss of life.

Ten tenders of the fire brigade battled the blaze for an hour and brought it under control, police and fire brigade sources said.

Firemen evacuated people from the area as a precautionary measure, the sources said.

Local people helped firemen fetch water from ponds with hose pipes laid over railway tracks leading to suspension of Budge Budge-Naihati and Canning-Bongaon train services.

Fire Services minister Javed Khan said that there was no casualty in the fire which gutted over 100 shanties.

The situation was under control, he added.

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