Toll in Tamil Nadu cracker unit fire rises to 15



Sivkasi (TN): The death toll in the fire at a cracker unit near here on July 20 has risen to 15 with three more persons succumbing to burns, police said on Saturday.

The trio died in hospital last night, they said adding the condition of four others is stated to be serious.

On July 20, seven people were killed and 33 injured, 23 of them seriously, when a fire swept through the unit which makes crackers at Namaskarichanpatti in Virudhunagar District.

More than 200 people were working in the unit at the time of the incident.

Meanwhile, Rs one lakh compensation sanctioned by the government and Rs two lakh each given by the factory management was handed over to the next of kins of the victims last night.

Bureau Report