Frequent fire accidents continue to occur and cause concern across the country. In a recent incident, one worker, S. Thirunavukarasu, 47, of Veerareddikuppam, in Cuddalore who was attached to the Industrial Cooperative Service Society (Indcoserve) of NLC India Ltd. (NLCIL) died and four others, including an employee, were injured in a fire at Unit II of Neyveli New Thermal Power Station (2x500 MW) at Neyveli in Cuddalore district on Thursday, 22nd December.
According to a news report, the accident occurred during the lignite burning process in Unit II around 11.30 a.m. The Indcoserve workers – Thirunavukarasu, N. Selvaraj, K. Suresh and D. Senthil Kumar and NLCIL employee R. Dhakshinamoorthy – were at the site when a “fire blow-up” occurred at one of the auxiliary lines of a boiler located at a height of 52 m.
The others sustained 30%-40% burns and were immediately rushed to the NLC India Hospital and were later referred to a private hospital in Chennai. However, Thirunavukarasu died on the way to the hospital.