It is early in the morn
a flicker of flame in a seven-storeyed,
sets ablaze ” Chennai Silks.”
The fire picks up from the dock floor,
clambers up the primary, rages for a moment
touches the second. Climbs swiftly to the top.
The heat is unmanageable.
Firefighters strive in vain.
Swallows up the whole.
It lashes and leaps.
Surges with a violence. The smoke
suffocates. The structure gives way.
The rescuers save them. The smouldering