Two killed in Kolkata slum fire

Kolkata, Dec 17 (IANS) Two charred bodies were recovered after a fire in a north Kolkata slum on Saturday, an official from the fire department said.

The fire gutted at least 10 shanties in Patipukur.

“The charred bodies of Priya Adhikari, 16, a student of Class 10 and her uncle Nimai Adhikari, 23, were recovered from their home,” a North Kolkata Fire Control official said.

According to fire officials on the spot, the incident was caused by an LPG cylinder blast.

As many as 16 fire tenders were pressed into service to put out the blaze that raged for several hours.

Sovan Chatterjee, West Bengal Minister of Fire & Engineering, Housing, Environment said the state government is closely monitoring the situation.

“The standard compensation would be processed shortly,” he added.