In one of the worst tragedies to hit Kerala, a major fire engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex near Kollam when roughly 10,000 people were watching a display of fireworks on Sunday morning.
Here's what we know so far about the tragic incident:
- 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, which could be heard over a radius of one kilometre.
WATCH: Moment when fire broke at Puttingal temple fire in Kollam (Kerala) due to fireworks display, 75 dead.https://t.co/xXtBnZkgWX— ANI (@ANI_news) April 10, 2016
- No permission had been granted for any kind of fireworks display.
Kollam temple fire : Over 80 dead and more than 200 injured pic.twitter.com/lYjheCiHzu— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) April 10, 2016
- Top officials of the Puttingal Devi temple have reportedly gone missing, reports Hindustan Times.
Massive fire at Puttingal temple (Kerala): Injured ppl being given medical assistance in Trivandrum Medical College pic.twitter.com/aFxrD9VxXu— ANI (@ANI_news) April 10, 2016
(With inputs from PTI)
(Feature image source: PTI)