Chennai: A huge fire was noticed in an empty plot of grass adjacent to a private CBSE school in Mannivakkam near Tambaram on Monday morning. The students and teachers were evacuated from the school and none was hurt in the incident, police sources confirmed.
As per ground reports, three fire tenders were deployed by Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Department to douse the fire and prevent its spread. Sources said the grass in the 10-acre private land caught fire and spread to the nearby trees rapidly due to heavy winds. Following this, the entire area was engulfed in smoke.
According to sources, the private CBSE school that was scheduled to reopen on June 13 was opened only for the students of class 10 as special classes for nearly 150 class X students began on June 3.
“Students and teachers from the school were immediately evacuated and the Tambaram and Guindy fire stations were informed, following which three fire tenders arrived at the spot. Parents of the students were informed to take their children back home,” sources added.
Reports claim that the fire was reported at around 10 am by the locals who had seen the smoke rising. The cause of the fire is still unknown as of now, according to the report.
It took close to two hours for the tenders to douse the fire. It is said trees and grass in and around the area were singed.
The students and the teachers also suffered suffocation.
Since there was a transformer near the spot of fire, the EB office was also informed and power supply was cut in the area till the fire was put out.
Water from the school and nearby wells was also used to douse the fire.
The Peerkankaranai police and Vandalur Otteri police, and the Kancheepuram revenue officials helped in the evacuating process.
A case has been filed at the Otteri police station. While no injuries have been reported, an investigation is underway in trying to determine the cause of this fire....