A massive fire broke out at a slum in Kolkata's Bagbazar area on Wednesday (January 13) evening. A dozen shanties were gutted in the fire.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already reached the spot where the incident took place. The CM promised that she will make the place as it was before. The state government will take all the responsibilities. 

Also read: TMC leader Bratya Basu mocks BJP after it talks about Swami Vivekananda’s ideals

Mamata Banerjee also said that her government will provide food, rice, pulses, oil, milk, and clothes on a daily basis to all the people whose houses were burnt in the fire. The CM said, “There is no reason to worry, there is no reason to be afraid. The government is by your side.”

According to sources, the fire broke out at around 6:45 pm on Wednesday. Several explosions, most likely because of gas cylinders, were reported as residents rushed out of their houses. The enraged locals vandalised public property including police vehicles. A few residents and firefighters suffered injuries in the attack. More than 20 fire tenders were rushed to bring the fire under control.

Also read: Sovan Chatterjee, Baisakhi Banerjee slams Mamata Banerjee

Firhad Hakim, chairman of the board of administrators at KMC, visited the spot. He said the civic body would rebuild shelters for those rendered homeless.

At present, 4 community halls and accommodation have been arranged at Bagbazar Women's College. Firhad Hakim said that the food will be provided by Kolkata Municipality.