Two women killed in cotton mill fire

Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: Two women died and two others were in critical condition after they sustained severe burns following a major fire in a cotton mill at Perecherla on the city outskirts on Saturday.

While 45-year-old Dayamani died on the spot, Chilaka Yellamma (30), who along with two others, was admitted to Government General Hospital, died in the evening.

Safety norms were thrown to the winds as a mechanical friction from the mill no.3 led to the fire, District Fire Officer Ch. Samabasiva Rao said. The factory management of Sri Vijayalakshmi Cotton Mills could not locate the sound and that led to sparks coming from the machine guard igniting the ‘lint’.

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