In a tragic accident at the Kasi Vishwanathar Koil Kuppam in Ennore, 60 thatched huts were destroyed in a fire on Monday. According to one report in the Times of India, police suspect the fire to have started from a kitchen in one of the huts.
Terrifying visuals of the fire destroying the houses emerged even as members of the public were seen running to safety. The huts had been burnt to embers with only the poles left standing amidst asbestos sheets in the perimeter of the housing colony.
While no lives were lost in the accident, the valuables of the families were reportedly charred in the fire. PTTV reported that school children reportedly lost their books in the fire.
According to one report in Puthiya Thalaimurai, the residents lost cash, jewellery and certificates in the fire. After two hours, the firefighters were finally able to bring the situation under control.
Four fire tankers were pressed into service from the Ennore and Thiruvottiyur fire stations, which struggled for almost two hours to bring the fire under control.
According to the ToI report, many of the residents were away for work while those in the huts had been cooking. The residents were reportedly construction labourers.
According to the TV channel, the residents pointed out that this was the sixth time that a fire had broken out in the area. They demanded concrete houses to be built for them.
Thiruvottiyur MLA KPP Samy reportedly visited the area where the fire took place and assured the families that he would raise the issue in Tuesday's assembly session.
DMK leader KP Sankar and AIADMK leader Krishnan, including other government officials, also reportedly visited the place and assessed the losses arising out of the fire.