A major fire broke out at the Chennai Silks showroom early this morning. Chennai Silks is a saree and textile store located in Usman Road of T Nagar, the commercial hub of Chennai. Around 12 people have been rescued so far.
According to reports, passers-by noticed thick smoke emanating from the Chennai Silk showroom at 4am in the morning.
Six fire tenders and several personnel were immediately pressed into the rescue operation. There is no report of any injury as yet.
Material including jewellery and silk sarees worth several lakhs have reportedly been destroyed in the fire so far.
"The fire began at around 4am. There was welding work going on, following which the fire broke out. The fire personnel are still putting out the fire," an officer at the R1 Mambalam police station told The News Minute.
Thick smoke was emanating from several floors of the building.
The police have diverted the traffic around the area.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
More details are awaited.