At least five people were killed and three injured in a fire that broke out at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai on Friday, according to reports.
The fire was caused by a series of explosions that took place inside the factory and severely damaged the structure, police said, according to a report in news agency PTI.
Among the five victims that were killed in the fire, three were women. Many other workers managed to escape the factory in time, police added. The fire service units from Srivilliputhur and Virudhunagar were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.
DMK president MK Stalin condoled the deaths and urged the government to ensure safety precautions are taken in fireworks factories as Diwali is just around the corner. Stalin also sought adequate compensation for the bereaved families.