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Kerala temple fire leaves 75 dead

BBC News BBC News 10/04/2016
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More than 75 people have died in a fire at Puttingal temple in Paravur in the Indian state of Kerala, police say.

The fire began about 03:30 (22:15 GMT Saturday) when a firework sparked explosions in a store of fireworks ready for celebrations at the end of a festival, local media reports say.

A building at the temple then collapsed, causing many of the fatalities.

More than 200 people are reported injured,

Those with most serious burns injuries are being treated at the government medical college in Thiruvananthapuram.

An Indian workers at a fireworks factory (File photo): Accidental explosions are common at Indian fireworks factories © AFP Accidental explosions are common at Indian fireworks factories

Kerala's Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has ordered in an investigation into the accident.

"The temple holds an annual firework display every year. We're doing our best to rescue those still trapped," said Mr Chennithala.

Local reports say that police had not given permission for Puttingal temple to hold the fireworks display.

Fireworks and firecrackers are commonly used at temple festivals and other public events and accidents are not uncommon.

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