Kolkata: At least 700 shanties were gutted in a massive fire that swept through a slum at Maheshtala's Santoshpur on the outskirts of Kolkata on Saturday early morning. No casualty was reported, officials said.
The slum was spread across a large area at Santoshpur under South 24 Parganas district and the fire rendered thousands of people homeless.
At least 15 fire engines fought for nearly four hours to bring the blaze under control. The fire started at around 4 am in the morning.