Misfired rocket kills 60-yr-old man

One person died in Thiruvotriyur in a Deep­a­v­ali-related fire mishap, one of the more than 220 fire accidents reported in the city on Deepavali day, Tuesday, and on Monday.

At least 50 persons suffered minor injuries in firecracker mishaps in the city and were treated as out patients at the Kil­p­auk Medical College Hospital.

The thatched roof of a church building in Amb­a­­ttur, the premises of a temple in Mambalam and a hut in Menambedu we­re among the buildings th­at were damaged in fir­es caused by firecrackers.

Most of the fire mishaps were results of misfired rockets, sources in the fire control room said.

At Thiruvotriyur, a mi­s­fired rocket fell on a tha­tc­hed shed near the Vad­u­vudi Amman temple, ca­u­sing a fire. A 60-year-old man, Kaliyamur­t­hy, who was sleeping in­side the sh­ed was trapped whi­le trying to the douse the fire.

Fire accidents ca­used by misfired rockets were reported from pla­ces su­ch as a temple on Barrack Road in Kilp­a­uk. In Av­adi, at least four ho­u­ses with that­ched roofs were destr­oyed in a fire after a rocket was misfired from the neighbourhood.

This also resulted in a cooking gas fire. Fire and rescue se­rvice personnel rushed to the spot doused the fire.

Two coconut trees in Pattabiram and Madhur­av­oyil were also destro­y­ed in a fire caused by ro­ckets. At least eight huts were gutted in a similar fire mishap in Mangollai in Mylapore on Tuesday night.

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