A major fire broke out on Wednesday May 31,2017 at Chennai Silks, a leading textile showroom in Usman Road, T Nagar, the commercial hub of Chennai. An initial report said no one was injured in the fire. However, cloth material worth lakhs of rupees were gutted down in the fire.
Over 10 persons were rescued from the building.
At 4 am, passersby noticed thick smoke emanating from the showroom. Immediately Fire and Rescue service personnel were alerted. Six fire tenders and several personnel were pressed into the service. They struggled to control the fire for nearly four hours. Police investigation is also on.
Thick smoke was seen emanating from the building even at 9 am Fire Service Personnel continued to bring the fire under control. The building also has a gold jewellery showroom in the ground floor.
City police barricaded the entire area. Traffic was also diverted.
Chennai Silks building being razed down a day after fire
A day after a fire almost destroyed a seven-storeyed building that housed Chennai Silks in the city, preparations are underway to raze down what's left of the building under the inspection of revenue officials. Chennai Collector Anbuchelvan, Commissioner of Revenue and Administration Sathyagopal were present at the cordoned-off area. Nearly four floors of the building crashed in the early hours of today, reports said.
While water was still being sprayed on the building at 8.30 am, the fire was almost put out. Police constables were seen standing guard around the area and announcements were made to disperse public standing around the building.
The seven-storeyed “unauthorised building” housed Chennai Silks and Sri Kumaran Thanga Maligai in T.Nagar. The fire raged the whole day on Wednesday, and fire services personnel were fighting the smoke and flames late into the night. There were no reports of casualties or people being injured.
Though the estimated loss could not be immediately ascertained, sources said dress material worth several crores of rupees were gutted and gold jewellery and silver articles were beyond recovery.