As many as 31 residents of Rangasathiram tribal village in Pongampattu panchayat in Jawadhu Hills sustained burn injuries in an accidental fire at the village temple on Wednesday. Eleven people sustained serious injuries and were referred to GH in Chennai.
According to police, the villagers gathered at the Kaliyamman Koil to celebrate temple festival on Wednesday.The fire broke out aro-
und 11:30 am when one of the devotees dropped burning incense sticks on explosive materials, which were stacked inside the temple to make crackers. Smoke from the resultant fire blurred the vision of the devotees and suffocated those inside the sanctum sanctorum.
The villagers managed to put off the fire within 20 minutes. Those injured were shifted to the Government Hospital at Tirupattur. Critically injured persons were referred to the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital and GH in Chennai.