At least two people, including a 12-year-old boy, were killed in a fire that broke out in an eight-storey residential building last night in Kolkata.
The fire broke out in a metre box installed in the ground floor of the building at Ganesh Chandra Avenue, and spread to other parts of the building. About 50 families live in the building.
The 12-year-old, who died, had jumped off from the first floor amid panic. "The boy had jumped off the first floor of the building out of panic. The body of an old woman was also recovered from a flat in the building," an official said.
At least 10 fire tenders and a hydraulic ladder were deployed to rescue those trapped inside the building and to put out the blaze.
All the other residents of the building have been rescued and the fire is under control, news agency PTI quoted Bengal Fire Services Minister Sujit Bose as saying. "All the residents have been rescued. The fire is also under control. Presently cooling off is being done," said Mr Bose.
However, smoke was seen billowing out from the building this morning even as the fire was put out.