A flying spark from a firecracker landed on a building where a large quantity of crackers had been stored, setting off explosions and a massive blaze that caused destruction in no time, witnesses said.
The blaze broke out in the temple in coastal town of Paravur in Kollam district around 3.30 a.m. when a large crowd of devotees had assembled.
Here’s what celebrities had to say:
Rishi Kapoor: Sad… Heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.
Farhan Akhtar: Heart goes out to all who lost a loved one in Kollam temple fire… Deepest condolences. Hope lessons will be learned re firework safety. (sic)
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: Temples and shrines were built before the population explosion… We have failed to accommodate with time. We are all guilty.
Emraan Hashmi: My deepest condolences to families who lost their beloved ones… Prayers for the injured. Strength and power to you all.
Tamannaah Bhatia: My heartfelt condolences and prayers to all the victims and their families… Deeply saddened by this tragedy…
Amyra Dastur: Just heard about the Kollam Temple Fire. My hearts go out to the victims of this great tragedy. You are in my prayers.
Ashish Chowdhry: Heartbreaking. How uncontrollable can a tragedy be when it can even occur at a place that’s meant to give strength to face them…
Sophie Choudry: Condolences and prayers to families who’ve lost loved ones and the injured! So, so tragic! We must adhere to fire safety rules!
Shamita Shetty: Terrible tragedy in Kerala! My heart goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones and those seriously injured!
Saqib Saleem: Extremely saddened by the news of the Kollam tragedy. My condolences to the families who’ve lost their loved ones.