Fire broke out in an apartment complex at Vadapalani in Chennai during early hours on Monday suffocating four people to death.
There were two children among those who died. All four died were sleeping on their first floor apartment were stuck in the thick smoke. The victims were unable to come out of the building and suffocated to death.
Police said the fire broke out from a junction box on the ground floor. It spread to more ten vehicles parked in the parking lot. The smoke from the fire engulfed the first two floors of the four-storyed building.
The deceased have been identified Meenakshi, 65, Selvi, 30, Sanjay, 3 and Sandhya, 10.
Five others, who were struggling to come out, were rescued by neighbours. They were admitted to Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital. Their condition was said to be critical.
The Vadapalani police is investigating.