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Tamil Nadu: Five dead in gas cylinder blast in Salem

The incident happened at Pandurangan street when the deceased, identified as Rajalakshmi (80), attempted to switch on the cylinder at the house for making tea.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: November 23, 2021 6:32:34 pm
Fire brigade officials reach the spot in Salem where the incident took place on Tuesday.

The death toll rose to five after three buildings collapsed following cooking gas cylinder explosion in Salem district, news agency PTI reported. According to the police, the incident happened at Pandurangan street when Rajalakshmi (80), attempted to switch on the cylinder for making tea at her house near Kalingapatti in Salem early Tuesday morning. She died at the spot. According to police, a total of 12 people, including a five year old girl, caught in the debris were rescued and admitted to the nearby Government Hospital.

The Shevapet police were intimated and the fire brigade reached the spot to carry out rescue operations.

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M Velu, Salem district officer, fire and rescue services, told indianexpress.com that they received the information around 6:30 am. “More than 10 people are injured, all of them have been sent to the Salem government hospital for treatment. We have just rescued Pooja Shri (10) who was trapped under the debris. She is the daughter of Murugan. Padmanabhan, who works in the fire and rescue department in Salem is still trapped in the rubble alongside his wife,” he said.

Salem district collector S Karmegam, Salem MLA Rajendran and other officials inspected the spot.

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