Gas leak fire claims woman’s life


In yet another incident of fire following cooking gas leak in the city, a housewife was killed and her husband and two children were seriously injured early on Tuesday morning at Muthamizha Nagar in Kodungaiyur.

The deceased was identified as Latha, 36, wife of Kathiresan, a grocery store owner. According to the police, Kathiresan and their two sons — Vinod, 11, (Class 5 student) and Vignesh, 7, (Class 3 student) — are battling for life in the hospital. This is the third such incident in the city in the last two weeks.

Kathiresan and family stayed in the rented ground floor portion of a building belonging to Arumugham. The owner and family stayed on the first floor.

On Tuesday, around 6.30 am, Arumugham’s wife Devi smelled cooking gas. She came down and asked Latha to check if the leak was from her kitchen.

As soon as Devi returned to the first floor house, she heard a blast from the ground floor. Some portion of the first floor was also affected.

“We saw the landlady asking Latha about gas leak smell and within minutes the blast and fire happened.

Latha was thrown off to the road in the impact of the blast. Most of the kitchen vessels were on the road,” said a woman staying in the same neighbourhood.

Latha fell on a two-wheeler parked a few metres away on the road. Neighbours who rushed to the street took all the victims to hospital.

Investigators believe that the gas leaked from the cooking gas cylinder that had accumulated in the kitchen overnight could have exploded when Latha switched on the kitchen light.

Six die in 13 days

The city in the past 13 days has witnessed six deaths due to three incidents of cooking gas leak fire.

In the first incident, a 38 year-old housewife, her college-going son, her brother and a gas cylinder repair man were killed when the leaked gas exploded at Ambedkar Nagar in Tirumangalam.

In the second case reported on September 14 at Ambal Nagar in Porur at the house of a software professional couple, 60-year-old mother of techie Jagannathan died three days after the incident.

On Tuesday morning, a 36-year-old woman was killed and her husband and two children were seriously injured because of gas leak fire and blast at Kodungaiyur.

An enquiry at a gas leak complaint cell run by a public sector company revealed that the cell on an average receives over 60 complaints of gas leaks from consumers.

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