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Fire dept asks Priya Cinema to stop film screening for now

Fire dept asks Priya Cinema to stop film screening for now

PTI Last Updated at 06 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

Fire Brigade officials today asked the authorities of Priya Cinema here to stop screening films till a probe into the fire that broke out at the theatre last night was completed.

Director General of Fire Services Jagmohan inspected the site, along with forensic officials, today.

He later told reporters, "There will be no screening today. We will give the go-ahead after getting and examining the forensic department report as well as the reports of the fire services department, Kolkata Police and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC), who have already inspected the theatre and other parts of the building and collected samples."

"We are conducting the investigation. The theatre has been asked not to screen films until the investigation is over. We will give the go-ahead after reviewing the situation," he added.

West Bengal Fire Services Minister Sovan Chatterjee told reporters that the fire safety measures of all the cinema halls in the city will be checked by a team of Fire Services personnel very soon.

He also said no screening will be allowed in the Priya cinema hall till the Fire Services department gave a clearance and legal steps will be taken if any lapses were found in the inquiry.

Replying to a question on whether the fire started from a food outlet on the ground floor of the building, Jagmohan said the first floor was not affected by the blaze, the reasons behind which were being ascertained.

Forensic personnel had collected samples from the spot, official sources said.

The fire had broken out at the theatre located in the Deshapriya Park area of south Kolkata during a late-night show. There was no report of any casualty.

The audience had managed to exit after smoke filled the auditorium at around 10.15 pm. Four members of the theatre owner's family, who lived in the same building, and a staff member were trapped on the roof, but were evacuated safely by the Fire Brigade personnel.

The owner of the theatre, Arijit Dutta, said screening of films was stopped for the time being.

"We are trying to resume it as soon as possible.... There is no damage to the cinema hall in the fire," he told PTI.

Dutta said the fire had started from a food outlet located on the ground floor of the building. When smoke entered his office, which is located next to the food outlet, he alerted the theatre employees and managed to evacuate all the members of the audience.

He claimed that the theatre got a clearance from the fire department in May and followed the safety guidelines laid down by the CESC and other public utilities.

Chatterjee, who had gone to the spot after the incident, said all angles, including the possibility of the fire originating from the ground-floor food outlet, would be investigated.

Sources said the fire was possibly caused by a short circuit.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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