Firemen evacuated people from the area as a precautionary measure, the sources said. Local people helped firemen to fetch water from ponds with hose pipes laid over railway tracks, leading to suspension of Budge Budge-Naihati and Canning-Bongaon train services. Fire Services minister Javed Khan said that there was no casualty in the fire, which gutted over 100 shanties.
The second fire broke out in two storied residential cum-commercial building at Russa Road in Tollygunge area at around 8.15 pm. A sound-recording studio is located in the building. Seeing smoke emanating from the building, the local people informed the fire brigade, which rushed to the spot and rescued the maid servant of the house. Four fire tenders rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control at around 10.30 pm, the fire brigade sources added.