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Plastic, rubber items gutted in godown

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: Plastic and rubber items worth several lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a major fire in a godown on Devaraja Mudali Street, Parrys Corner, on Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the incident. A dog which was trapped inside the godown was rescued. Over 70 firemen with nine fire tenders and 40 water lorries were deployed to battle the blaze, which lasted for over 12 hours.

Sources with Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services said the fire in the godown, on the 3 {+r} {+d} floor of a building in the busy commercial area, was noticed around 7.45 p.m. on Wednesday by a passerby. He alerted the personnel in a fire tender near the Flower Bazaar police station, which was stationed there as part of the safety measures for Deepavali. Traders and some residents living near the building moved to safer locations after their efforts to douse the flames proved futile.

Teams of firemen led by Divisional Fire Officer (Chennai City North) D.N. Velayuthan Nair rushed to the spot and battled the raging blaze which was visible for a few kilometres.

Fire tenders from nearby stations were pressed into service. A skylift brought from the Kilpauk fire station was used to reach the building, which was cramped between a few structures on the street.

Speaking to The Hindu, Station Fire Officer (Sembium) D. Prudentious said it was a difficult task to contain the blaze as the plastic products, including mats and sheets, and several rubber items stored inside the godown went up in flames. “We managed to put out the flames only on Thursday morning, but the smoke continued to bellow till the evening,” the officer said, adding that “goods worth several lakhs of rupees were charred''.

TNFRS sources said the building did not have any fire safety equipment and the owner has illegally maintained a godown on the top floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Flower Bazaar police.

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