Priya Cinema in a file photo.
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Kolkata: The state fire services department has asked the management of Priya Cinema, where a fire broke out last night, to keep the shows suspended for the time being.

Fire services director-general Jagmohan, who visited the fire-hit cinema hall located near Deshapriya Park off Gariahat today, said that forensic experts need to collect burn samples and the overall fire safety needs to be re-assessed before projection of movie shows can resume.

“A team of forensic experts is visiting the cinema hall today afternoon to collect samples that will ascertain the exact nature and cause of the fire. In conjunction with police, the fire services officers will carry out a probe. We have asked the owner to keep the shows suspended for the time being,” Jagmohan said.

The DG fire informed that the fire has caused maximum damage to the first floor. The ground floor too has suffered some burns but that is comparatively less.

He added that action will be taken as per law if the probe reveals negligence on the part of the cinema hall owner and the management. “They have a valid fire licence,” Jagmohan said.

It was around 10.15 last night that a fire broke out at Priya Cinema during a night show. Some 35-odd audience and the family of the owner Arijit Dutta, who live on the upper floors of the building, had to be evacuated by police and fire services personnel.