A major fire broke out in a private spinning mill located at Nambiyur in Gobichettipalayam block of Erode district on Saturday night. No causality was reported in the accident.

Sources said a few workers spotted flames engulfing the raw cotton kept at the mill around 10.30 p.m. and alerted fire and rescue services department. Before fire fighters arrived at the spot, the flames spread to all the parts of the mill. Most of the workers left the mill several hours before the accident.

Fire engines from Sathyamangalam, Bhavani, Perundurai and Erode were pressed into service. Fire service personnel said it would take hours to control the flames.