Fire broke out in a garment warehouse, destroying property worth several lakhs of rupees in Melur near here during the small hours of Wednesday.

According to police, fire erupted in a garment godown situated on Tiruvathavur-Melur road around 2 a.m.

On noticing flames emanating from the site, passersby alerted the police who along with a fire tender rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.

Reportedly, property worth Rs. 7 lakh was gutted.

Fingerprint experts and forensic science experts were pressed into service.

Samples collected from the spot have been sent to the forensic laboratory in Chennai, the police said.

Based on a complaint from S. Naser Ali (34), the owner of Malligai garments shop, Melur police have registered a case under section of 436 of IPC.

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