Kolkata: Fire At Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, 250 evacuated

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A fire broke out at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata on Wednesday morning.

As per the sources, the fire is said to have started in the Department of Pharmacy on the ground floor at around 8am.

According to an eyewitness, many patients reportedly tried to jump out of the window to save themselves. Some of them being taken out of the building with their saline drips.

The fire department was alerted after smoke was spotted from the building that houses the pharmacy.

Ten fire engines, Kolkata police officers and West Bengal’s disaster management authority officials were rushed to the spot.

Over 250 patients were evacuated and moved to safety. 

All patients are said to be safe and no casualties have been reported so far.

Calcutta Medical College is one of the oldest hospitals of Kolkata. There was chaos and panic in the area after the fire broke out.

The reason behind the incident is not known yet.

This is the second such incident in Kolkata in the last one month. The city’s multi-storey Bagri Market had witnessed a fire on September 16, which gutted nearly 1,000 shops and business establishments. Thirty fire tenders were rushed to the spot to contain the blaze which kept raging for over 12 hours.