Chennai: At least four people died and 20 others were injured during a boiler blast at a pesticide manufacturing unit at SIPCOT Industrial estate in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore on Thursday. As per preliminary reports, the blast occurred after a boiler on the second floor of the company exploded. While two workers died in the fire and two others reportedly died due to smoke inhalation. However, 20 others working on the shift were injured and moved to nearby hospitals for treatment. Also Read - Man Beaten to Death After He Visits Girlfriend's Home on Hearing About Her Marriage to Someone Else

Soon after the incident, Tami Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 1 lakh for the families of the 10 people who sustained critical injuries. Also Read - Family of Brain-Dead Tamil Nadu Man Donate His Heart & Lungs, Save Lives of 2 Patients

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As a precautionary measure, the people in the area were dispersed after a chemical reportedly caused eye irritation to many on the spot. The deceased were identified as Rajkumar (42), Ganapathi (25), Savitha (35), Vishesh Raj (25).

Further media reports suggested that the blast occurred at 07:45 AM at Crimsun Organics chemical company which was under operation with 19 regular company staff and 18 contractual labourers.