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Fire at Sivaji Ganesan's house

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JULY 8. A fire which broke out today in the 100-year-old house of the late film actor Sivaji Ganesan, on South Boag Road, T. Nagar, gutted an old wooden staircase.

Ram Kumar, the actor's eldest son, said the fire was noticed around 10.30 p.m. after a short circuit in the electrical junction box. The flames spread across a portion of the first floor.

Nearly 15 persons including Prabhu, actor and Sivaji Ganesan's son, and relatives were asleep on the first floor when the blaze broke out. Fire fighters rescued Shivji (grandson of Sivaji's younger brother, Shanmugam) and his mother, after breaking the windows.

Mr Prabhu said though a portion of the thatched roof caught fire, it was pulled down before the flames spread to other areas. Mr Ram Kumar said no one was injured in the incident. The families of Mr Prabhu and his cousin, Giri Shanmugam are living on the first floor.

The Divisional Fire Officer (South), V. Vijayakumar and the Divisional Fire Officer (North), Meenakshi Vijayakumar, supervised the hour-long operation. Eight fire tenders and nine Metrowater tankers were pressed into service.

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