Toll rises to 112 in Kerala temple fire

Toll-rises-to-112-in-KeralaFive persons have been held in connection with the fire tragedy at Puttingal Devi temple complex even as the toll has risen to 112 with six more persons succumbing to injuries in hospitals this morning. More than 383 people –with above 50% burns-have been in undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kollam and nearby towns.
Police said five workers associated with the contractor of the fireworks display have been taken into custody.
The contract for the fireworks had been taken by two groups led by Surendran and Krishnan Kutty, they said.
The devastating fire had engulfed the 100-year-old Puttingal Devi Temple complex at nearby Paravoor during an unauthorised display of fireworks early yesterday morning.
The Kerala government had ordered a judicial probe by a retired High Court Judge.

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