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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 January 2008, 17:15 GMT
In pictures: Fire guts Calcutta market

A firefighter battles a blaze in Calcutta

A huge fire has swept through a wholesale market in India's eastern city of Calcutta.

A shopkeeper throws water on to a fire in Calcutta

More than 1,000 shops were gutted in the city's famous Burrabazar market, though officials reported no casualties.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire in Calcutta

More than 40 fire engines battled the fire for several hours, managing only to partially bring it under control.

Firefighters tackle a blaze in Calcutta

Firefighters used specialist equipment to tackle the blaze which engulfed several multi-storey buildings in the area.

People try to save materials from their shops in Calcutta

Desperate shopkeepers and traders tried to rescue whatever they could, putting their lives at risk.

A crowd near the gutted Burrabazar in Calcutta

Huge crowds soon gathered near the scene. Officials said it was not clear what had started the blaze early on Saturday.





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