Tangra Leather Tannery up in Flames


Two persons were injured in a fire that broke out at a tannery on South Tangra Road near Tiljala this morning.

Twenty one fire engines fought the blaze for nearly three hours before the fire could be brought under control.

According to an official of the State Fire and Emergency Services department, the fire broke out at Shiv Tannery around 9 a.m.. As chemicals and other inflammable articles were stored in the leather tannery in kolkata, the fire spread rapidly to the adjoining areas.

Neither the cause of the fire nor the extent of damage caused by it could be ascertained. A senior State Fire and Emergency Service Department official said that the tanneries didn’t have adequate fire safety mechanism.

Two fire fighters including one Mr Badal Sarkar were injured while fighting the blaze. They were later taken to a local hospital for treatment. An FIR was lodged against the owner of the tannery, police said. “The complaint was lodged against him for not installing fire preventive measures in the tannery,” a senior police officer said. The accused is absconding, he added.

Newsmen, who went to cover the incident, were prevented from doing so by a section of locals. Locals even resisted fire fighters from starting the fire fighting operations alleging delayed arrival of fire tenders. They alleged that fire tenders were not brought to the spot on time though they had called police immediately after the flames were noticed. A senior State Fire and Emergency Services Department official said that they faced immense problems while taking fire tenders nearer to the tannery as the approach roads were narrow.

Later, a portion of the wall of the factory had to be demolished to make room for the fire tenders. Locals alleged that no action has been taken either by police or the State Fire and Emergency Services department though there were no fire extinguishing arrangement in tanneries located in the area.

Mr Pratim Chatterjee, state fire minister said action would be taken against the factory owner.

Source: The Statesman