Fire at City Center in Chennai

A fire mishap happened today at City Center shopping mall in Chennai.

Sources said the fire happened at a shop at third floor in the mall. Fire services personnel were alerted. They doused the flames with half-an-hour, sources added.

No one was injured in the incident, though one of the staff members suffered suffocation. All others ran to safety soon after they spotted flames.

Meanwhile recently, the death toll in the forest fire incident in Kurangani in Theni district on March 11 rose to 20 with two women succumbing to burns at two private hospitals in Madurai.

A total of 36 people – 24 in the Chennai team and 12 members from a trekking expedition organised by an Erode-based company – encountered forest fire while climbing down from Kolukkumalai to Kurangani.

On March 19, Chief Minister K Palaniswami told the state Assembly that a forester was suspended and a case registered against a local man, G Ranjithkumar, for leading the trekkers through the reserve forest.

For violations, police were taking action against Chennai Trekking Club and Erode based Tour de India, he had said.