The fire that gutted Chennai Silks showroom at T Nagar has been extinguished and work to demolish the building will go on for three days, it is learnt.
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar told reporters that the building will be manually demolished and the cost will be recovered from Chennai Silks owners.
The city police registered a case by calling it an accidental fire. The cause of accident is yet to be investigated with the help of forensic experts, said a senior official of the city police.
The initial investigation revealed that barrels of diesel to be used for power generators had been stocked in the basement.
The building allegedly lacked some fire safety measures, which was exposed during an audit by the department of fire in 2015. Moreover, there was a building permission violation too.
Sate Revenue Minister RB Udhyakumar, said all efforts are being taken to ensure safety of other buildings in T’ Nagar. An expert committee has been constituted to assess damage in the fire ravaged Chennai Silks’ building, he added.
Meanwhile, the media and the public have been requested to stay away from the site.