More than a 100 hut were destroyed in a fire in a Kolkata slum on Sunday evening.

There were no reports of any casualty, though the damage was extensive.

The fire that broke out at the Kalikapukur No. 3 bustee shortly after 6 p.m. spread rapidly, fanned by wind. It raged for more than an hour after which it was brought under control by firemen and locals.

Sixteen fire tenders were used to fight the blaze and the operations were facilitated by the presence of a lake adjoining the slum.

Panic

As the fire spread, people rushed out of their hutments and most of them were unable to salvage any of their belongings.

Large quantities of plastics and cooking gas cylinders that exploded in the impact stoked the flames.

West Bengal Minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim, who visited the spot, said the government would arrange for the rehabilitation of those affected.

Temporary shelters

Temporary shelters were being set up and arrangements made for sending relief material to a nearby camp, he said.

Had it not been for the local youths, the damage could have been a lot more, Mr. Hakim said.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Javed Khan said food and blankets were being dispatched to those who had lost their homes.

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