fire engulfed the entire building of the cracker factory. Forty five people were dead and at least seventy were injured.
However, the fire brigade officials, who earlier feared of many more explosions at the factory, finally started rescue operations. Unfortunately, people, who tried to rescue the victims, also received burnt injuries.
Thirty two bodies have already been recovered and many more were feared trapped. ZTV reporter Vaithi went to cover the incident and unfortunately he too got severe injuries. According to sources, death toll is likely to increase.
All injured people have been admitted to Virudhunagar, Sivakasi and Madurai hospitals. More than ten fire tenders and 50 officials have been trying to douse the fire.
This was not the first time when such a tragic incident took place in Sivakasi but if sources are to be believed then this was the worst ever fire accident that gutted the firecracker building killing these many people.
Massive fire at TN cracker factory, 30 killed, many injured:
At least 30 people died and many more were injured when a massive fire broke out at a cracker factory in Sivakasi near Madurai on Wednesday, Sept 5.
The fire was noticed for the first time around 12:00 pm. Soon the news spread. About sixty chemical storage rooms and two godowns, where raw material to produce crackers were stored, caught fire followed by a heavy explosion and were completely razed.
At least 60 people were injured over the explosion as villagers from near by places gathered around the factory at the time of explosion.
Many people fainted at the spot. All injured people have been rushed to a near by hospital. Fire brigade officials have reached the spot. Unfortunately, they could not start rescue operation till 2:30 pm as the fire engulfed the factory building.