Fully cooperated in firefighting ops at Kolkata building: Railways

Fully cooperated in firefighting ops at Kolkata building: Railways

Kolkata, Mar 9 (PTI) The Eastern Railway authorities
said on Tuesday that it extended full cooperation to the fire
brigade and police in fighting a devastating blaze at its New
Koilaghat Building in Kolkata where nine people died.

Senior officials, including the Eastern Railway
general manager, were present during the firefighting
operation at the building on Monday evening, a railway
spokesperson said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who visited the spot
around midnight, told reporters that there was a lack of
necessary assistance from the railway authorities in the
firefighting operation and that senior railway officials were
not present.

“Full cooperation was extended, railway officials
guided the fire brigade to reach the spot,” the Eastern
Railway spokesperson said.

Senior officials as well as lower-level employees were
present and assisted the firefighters, he said.

Nine persons, including four firefighters and three
railway personnel, died in the blaze, police said.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has set up a high-level
committee to ascertain the cause of the fire at the sprawling
building situated on Strand Road in the central business
district of the city.

“Railway officials including the GM are at the site
and are working in coordination with the state govt for rescue
and relief efforts,” Goyal said in a tweet late last night.

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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