Kolkata’s New Market on fire

Kolkata, July 20 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): A fire broke out on Wednesday night at Kolkata’s iconic New Market shopping complex.

Twenty fire fighting engines have reached the spot and are trying to bring the fire under control.

The blaze started at around 8:30 pm and thick smoke enveloped the area. The fire originated in the flower market sector.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also reached the spot to supervise the fire fighting and assure the traders of all assistance.

The iconic shopping destination of the city was created by the British and was formally christened ‘Sir Stuart Hogg Market’ on Dec 2, 1903. The name was later shortened to ‘Hogg Market’.

The Bengali society of that period called the market as ‘Hogg Saheber Bajaar’, a name which is still used alongside the name ‘New Market’.

Large portion of the original building was gutted by a fire in 1985. After that incident the complex was rebuilt and a new wing was added to the complex.

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