TAMIL NADU

Godown gutted

A fire in the Tiruchengode Cooperative Marketing Committee godown at Mallasamudram destroyed 1,083 cotton bales worth Rs. 18,56,790, on Sunday night.

The police said that farmers stocked the unsold cotton bales in the committee building. The cotton was auctioned when the price was good. On Sunday, people of the locality saw some thick smoke coming out of the building and were shocked to see the building on fire. They informed the Fire and Rescue Services personnel, who rushed to the spot with three fire tenders. But, the fire could be put off only after four hours.