Five labourers charred to death in major firecracker factory blaze in Tamil Nadu

South India

In March this year eight people were killed in a similar major fire accident at a firecrackers factory near Sattur in the district. 

Five labourers, including three women, were charred to death and three others seriously injured in a major blaze that swept through a private fireworks factory at M.Sengulam village near Erichanatham in Virudhnagar district of Tamil Nadu on Friday, October 23.

Citing initial probe, police said chemicals which were being mixed and stuffed caught fire due to friction leading to a series of explosions, severely damaging the structure.

The victims were charred to death. Several other workers managed to escape to safety, police said, adding fire service units from Virudhunagar and Srivilliputhur were used to put out the blaze.

The injured have been admitted to Virudhnagar government hospital. Senior revenue and police officials visited the factory to ascertain if there were any violations of safety norms.

Condoling the deaths, DMK president M K Stalin demanded that the government ensure safety measures in fireworks factories ahead of Diwali festival. He sought adequate compensation for the bereaved families.

This is the second major explosion in the district in the last six months. Eight people were killed in a major fire accident at a firecrackers factory near Sattur in the district on March 20. The fire broke out at Rajammal fire factory in Sippiparai village, where at least 30 people were working.

Six people were thrown out of the unit when the explosion occurred within the factory, and all six of them died on the spot due to injuries (with inputs from agencies)

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