Over 80 killed, 250 injured in major fire at temple in southern India

NEW DELHI, April 10 -- Over 80 people, including some policemen, were killed and 250 injured in a major fire caused by festive firework at the famous Puttingal Devi temple in Paravur, Kollam of the southern Indian state Kerala early Sunday morning, said police.

The fire broke out at around 03:00 a.m. local time when people were celebrating with fireworks and crackers which engulfed part of the temple premises, which were full of people.

The fire has been put under control by firemen and injured rushed to hospital.

TV footages showed huge amount of bomb like crackers were being used at the fire display, a traditional activity of the temple, known for its unique architectural style and special for women worshippers.

Police suspect an explosion had occurred at a storeroom filled with crackers and pyrotechnics materials.

State officials said a probe has been lunched into the accident, whose casualties was said to be unprecedented in the state, one of the most developed and wealthiest in India famous for its tourist attractions.

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