CUDDALORE: A fire broke out in a chemical company functioning in Cuddalore SIPCOT during the early hours of Tuesday, killing a contract worker and leaving three others injured, including one who got hurt when he tripped and fell down while running to safety.
The cause of the fire was still not known. Four workers were on night duty on the fourth floor of Shasun, the private pharmaceuticals company. They were reportedly handling chemicals at that time, when the blaze occurred.
Police said the contract worker Manikandan could not run away because of the thick smoke and died of suffocation. The three others tried to escape and two of them suffered injuries, while one of them fell and injured himself.
On information, Fire and Rescue Services personnel in SIPCOT doused the flames and recovered the body of Manikandan (22), who belonged to Cuddalore Old Town.
The workers, who got injured in this accident, were admitted to hospitals in Cuddalore and Puducherry.
Cuddalore Old Town police registered a case and began investigations.