Fire at Tamil Nadu firecracker factory, several dead; PM expresses grief

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At least eleven people were dead and several injured after an explosion at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar on Friday. 

The injured were taken to a hospital for further treatment.

Firefighters were rushed to the spot to douse the fire in the factory.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu and approved ex-gratia for the victims.

The Prime Minister said, “Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected.”

“An ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each has been approved from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a fire in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured,” Prime Minister’s office tweeted.