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Fire breaks out inside Kolkata Airport

A fire was reported near the security check-in around 9:20 pm

Fire breaks out inside Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (Kolkata) “Airport”. Further details awaited.”Fire breaks out at Kolkata Airport’s 3C departure terminal building,” Airport official to news agency ANI.

A fire was reported near the security check-in around 9:20 pm, reported Hindustan Times Bangla. Two fire engines rushed to the spot. No casualty was reported, officials said.

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The fire was fully extinguished by 9:40 PM. “Since there was a rush of passengers, airport authorities took no chance and used their firefighters to douse it. At the moment, it is under control and the cooling process is being done,” a police officer said. Officials said after an initial investigation that short circuit could be the reason for the fire.

“There was a minor fire & smoke on the check in area portal D at 2112 pm. and fully extinguished by 2140 pm. All passengers are evacuated safely and check in process suspended due to presence of smoke in the check in area. Check in and operation will resume by 1015 pm. ” the Kolkata Airport authorities tweeted.

It is suspected that a short-circuit led to the fire, but the exact cause will be ascertained after due investigation.

According to reports, panic and frenzy ensued when black smoke covered the whole airport and passengers started running in fear. Reports have said that a conveyor belt caught fire.

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