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Four perish in private Thermal Power plant fire in Tamil Nadu

Posted on Aug 15, 08:28AM | UNI

Four workers were charred to death and five others suffered burns when a fire broke out at a private Thermal power plant in the southern Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu, today.

Police sources from Tuticorin told UNI over phone that the fire broke out near the conveyor belt, carrying coal, at the 400 MW IND-Barath Thermal Janta Power Plant.

The fire broke out at around 1230 hrs.

Four people were killed and they were identified as Sakthi, Malraj (47), Goohili and Lavakumar.

The injured were admitted to hospital.

Police and Fire service personnel, along with fire fighting units rushed to the spot and put out the fire.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa condoled the death of four people and announced a solatium of Rs one lakh each to their families.

In a statement here, Ms Jayalalithaa said she was shocked to hear about the death of four people in the fire mishap at the power plant.

Expressing her heartfelt condolences, Ms Jayalalithaa announced an assistance of Rs one lakh each to the families of four deceased from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund.

She also wished the five injured a speedy recovery and announced an assistance of Rs 25,000 to those who sustained severe injuries and Rs 10,000 to those who suffered simple injuries.