A major fire broke out at the Chennai Silks showroom, a saree and textile store in Chennai‚Äôs T Nagar on Wednesday morning. Twelve people have been rescued so far. There have been no casualties reported.
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Fifteen fire tenders have been pressed into service and are still working to put out the blaze. The building has been badly damaged and is in a precarious condition.
An officer at the R1 Mambalam police station told TNM, " The fire began at around 4am. There was welding work going on, following which the fire broke out. The fire personnel are still putting out the fire.‚ÄĚ He also added that it is unclear if anyone else is trapped in the building.
An official on the spot told reporters that a short-circuit may have triggered the fire. He also said that water tankers are at the spot to help contain the fire and that an exhaust is being used to evacuate the smoke.
Visuals from the spot show thick smoke engulfing the multi-storey building at Panagal Park area in T Nagar. Puthiya Thalaimurai reported that shops are being shut in the T Nagar area.
Police officials said the damage can be assessed to the building only once the blaze is put out. However, material including jewellery and silk sarees worth several lakhs have reportedly been destroyed in the fire.
Chennai Collector V Anbuselvan has requested by-standers to not crowd the area and hamper rescue efforts. He also told reporters that shops near the spot have been ordered to remain shut.
Traffic diversions are in place at Usman Road in T Nagar. Electricity has also been switched off in the area as a precautionary measure.
Panagal park in T Nagar is the commercial hub of Chennai, with several saree and jewellery stores.