Eight persons were injured when a fire gutted at least 30 dwelling units of migrant hosiery workers after an LPG cylinder burst in one of them in nearby Tirupur district. After the fire broke out, a gas cylinder burst in one of the houses, resulting in the blaze spreading to neighbouring units, with asbestos and thatched sheet at Rakipalayam, police said.
The houses had been rented out to the workers, mostly from northern states and southern districts of Tamil Nadu and employed in hosiery units. Nearly 30 houses were gutted in the fire, before the fire tenders arrived at the scene and doused it, police said. The eight persons with burn injuries had been admitted to a government hospital, they added. Investigations were on to ascertain the cause of the fire.