Chennai: Nine people were killed in a major fire accident at a firecracker unit in Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu on Monday. Five persons were also injured in this accident.
The incident took place at Viragalur village in the district at a private fireworks manufacturing unit. The cause of the fire is being probed.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin through a statement condoled the death of nine people and announced cash relief for their families.
He announced Rs 3 lakh ex-gratia each to the families of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh to the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 to those with simple injuries.
The five injured were admitted to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital and given special medical attention, the CM said.
Stalin deputed his cabinet colleagues SS Sivasankar and CV Ganesan to expedite rescue and relief activities.