NEW DELHI — More than 60 people were killed in a massive fire that broke out in a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala early Sunday, a top official said.
Another 200 have been injured as people became trapped by flames in the crowded Paravoor temple in Kollam city during a major festival, said State Home Minister Ramesh Chennitala.
The temple was crowded as people were celebrating a festival during which the fireworks display was a major attraction.
The fire started when a spark during a fireworks display ignited a separate batch of fireworks that had been stored in the temple in preparation for the Hindu new year festival called Vishu this coming Thursday, he said.
The fireworks erupted in a big explosion.