Chennai: A major fire broke out on Friday at a firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar, reported ANI. Death toll has risen to 16, while 36 people are injured in the incident. The explosion took place at around 1.30 PM today. Ten fire-fighting units from various locations were rushed to the spot to douse the fire, reported PTI. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Election 2021: DMK-Congress Finalise Seat-sharing Pact. Congress Given 25 Seats, to Fight Kanyakumari By-poll

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the blast. Also Read - AIADMK Seals Poll Deal With BJP For Tamil Nadu Election, Allots Kanyakumari LS Seat, 20 MLA Segments

“Fire at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu is saddening. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover soon. Authorities are working on the ground to assist those affected,” he tweeted.

Chief Minister E Palaniswami has announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the families of those who died in the blast and Rs 1 lakh for the severely injured.

The Centre also announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of the victims and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

“An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each has been approved from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a fire in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Rs 50,000 would be given to those seriously injured,” a tweet from the PMO account read.