At least 4 people lost their lives and 5 others were injured when a fire broke out reportedly due to short-circuit in a residential complex in Vadapalani area of Chennai on Monday morning.
According to sources, the fire broke out early in the morning at around 5 at the residential complex in south Perumal temple street. It engulfed the vehicles in the parking lot and several two-wheelers and cars were damaged as thick fumes enveloped the entire complex.
The injured were admitted to the hospital and were being treated.
District collector Anbuselvan told the media that 4 people died due to asphyxiation as per the preliminary finding by medical personnel. However, a detailed investigation would reveal the exact cause of death, he said.
Doctors said the injured were brought to the hospital in time and were being monitored. They have suffered lung injuries and oxygen was being given to them and ventilators have been kept ready.
Police suspect the fire could have been triggered by a short circuit.