TAMIL NADU

Fire at temple festival

SALEM, MARCH 24. A minor fire broke out in a decorated stage during a festival at Ellai Pidariamman Temple in Kumarasamipatti here today.

The temple authorities erected the stage to depict the `Kailaya scene', with Lord Siva and Goddess Parvathi on a cow, using cotton and Plaster of Paris.

When the devotees lit camphor on the stage, the fire spread to the cotton and then to the thatched roof of the stage.

As a fire tender was parked near the temple, the personnel reacted swiftly and put off the flames.

Otherwise, it would have spread to the nearby areas causing more damage, the District Fire Officer, T. David Vincent said.

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