India temple fire – At least 75 killed

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(CNN) — A fire broke out at an Indian temple early Sunday, killing 75 people and injuring more than 200 others, authorities said.

The blaze erupted during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple in Kerala state, said K. Laljy, the assistant police commissioner. It occurred at 3:15 a.m.

Sparks from the display ignited a magazine of fireworks, causing a bigger blaze, police said.

Laljy said the fire is out and emergency personnel are at the scene.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he plans to visit the site of the fire.

“I will be reaching Kerala soon to take stock of the situation arising due to the unfortunate fire tragedy,” he tweeted.

India has seen a handful of lethal fire breakouts in recent years.

In September an explosion in central India caused by mining explosives killed nearly 90 people. And nine people were killed in a 2014 train fire.

Another blaze in February shut down a performance in Mumbai. No casualties were reported.

CNN’s Laura Perez Maestro and Omar Khan contributed to this report.

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