Fire breaks out at garment unit in Madurai

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Firefighters from different stations had to fight for more than five hours to put out the flames.

Furniture and machinery kept on three floors of a ready-to-wear unit in Vilakkuthoon were destroyed in a fire that broke out in the early hours of Sunday.

Firefighters from different stations had to fight for more than five hours to put out the flames.

The deputy director (southern region), P. Saravanakumar, and the district agent (fire and rescue), S. Kalyanakumar, supervised the fight against the fires.

With the recent deaths of two firefighters while fighting a fire at a textile store due to a roof collapse just meters from the scene of Sunday’s fire still fresh in memory, senior officials from the Department of Fire and Rescue Services did not allow entry into stores in their attempt to extinguish hell.

After receiving the alert at around 4:30 a.m., firefighters and bidders from Madurai, Meenakshi Temple and Anupanadi Fire Station rushed to the scene and began to extinguish the flames.

As buildings on different floors were kept under lock and key, firefighters struggled to break down walls to spray water into the building. While the office was operating on the first floor of a rented building, machines for cutting fabrics and other materials were kept on the second and third floors.

Although the fire was brought under control around 8:30 a.m., firefighters continued to spray water until 10 a.m. to ensure the flames did not spread to adjacent buildings.



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