At least 102 dead and 280 injured in Kerala temple fire


at least 102 people are believed to have been killed and 280 injured after huge fire broke out in Kollam’s Paravoor temple in Kerala during early hours on Sunday.

The fire was reportedly caused by bursting of fireworks during a temple celebration.

Local TV channels quoted police as saying that they had warned the temple authorities against such massive fireworks. Police say that there was no permission for fireworks.

PTI reported that thousands of people had gathered at the temple precincts to witness the display of fireworks which was underway since midnight when the blaze erupted at around 3.30 AM, police said.

The mishap occurred as sparks of the fireworks fell on the store room ‘Kambapura’ and the fire crackers kept there exploded with a deafening noise, police said.

The sound of the explosion could be heard over a radius of one kilometer and the whole area plunged into darkness as the power supply went off and people ran helter skelter, eyewitnesses said.

In the huge blaze, 102 people perished and 280 were injured, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters.

President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death at the temple. He said in his tweet, “Heartfelt condolences on loss of lives in Kerala temple fire. Urge state government and other agencies to provide all help to bereaved families and medical assistance to the injured,”

Cricket legend, Sachind Tendulkar said the incident had left him shaken. His tweet read, “Shaken by the tragic news of #Kollam. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected. May God give us strength and resolve to bear this loss.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed his shock on the tragedy before leaving for the Kerala to visit the site.

Among others, who reacted to the tragedy included Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others.