It took 60 fire personnel about five hours to contain the fire. A fire and rescue officer said, “Police is investigating the cause of the fire.”
There is no human loss or injury. However, many pigeons that had made the temple tower their home perished in the fire.
Madurai collector Veera Raghava Rao told NDTV that the temple has been reopened for devotees. “The fire was controlled before it spread to the main temple area. We’ve ordered a probe,” he said.
Devotees say there were no fire extinguishers or fire safety systems in the temple. The incident was waiting to happen amid demands to remove shops from the temple complex.
Mr Rao added, “There’s no modern fire safety system with sprinklers installed at the temple. However, we have a dedicated fire engine stationed in the complex.”
Source: New feed