Fire that broke in the wee hours continued till late in the day, showing how boxed-in T Nagar was a disaster waiting to happen; firemen cramped for space; no casualties or injuries reported; building earlier faced demolition for violating regulations
CHENNAI: In an alarming display of the dangers that face thousands of shoppers who visit the retail hub of Chennai, a fire at a multi-storey textile showroom that was reported in the wee hours of Wednesday smouldered till the late hours despite efforts by dozens of fire service personnel right from the morning.
That it happened in the early hours ensured there were no casualties; in fact, none were reported injured so far. However, that does not reduce the serious risk the area faces due to unplanned growth and a lackadaisical attitude towards basic safety measures.
Even before they could begin dealing with the fire, the fire service personnel had to struggle to bring fire tenders, water tankers and skylift to the premises due to the narrow access road to the Chennai Silks showroom. Incidentally, the building was facing demolition for planning violation in 2006, but managed to stave it off — only to be gutted by the fire on Wednesday.
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