More than 30 shops were gutted in a major fire breakout along the East Tower side of the Sri Madurai Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple on Friday night. It is learned that the fire broke at 10.45PM. The cause of the fire is not yet found. But some sources say a short circuit may be the reason.
Madurai collector Veera Raghava Rao told media 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.
It took 60 fire personnel about five hours to contain the fire. A fire and rescue officials said, "Police is investigating the cause of the fire." Around four fire tenders have been brought to contain the fire.
There is no human loss or injury. However, many pigeons that had made the temple tower their home burnt in the fire.
Preliminary inquiry information explains that the fire incident began after the shopkeepers had closed the shops along the Swami Sannidhi area at around 10.30 p.m. and left. Eyewitnesses said that flames were seen billowing from the temple museum side as well.
A police officer said that a spark might have started from a shop and spread within a few seconds, gutting the entire row of 30 to 40 shops.
Madurai District Collector K. Veera Raghava Rao was there at the spot to oversee the operations. Police officers have cordoned off the area and the electricity supply has been cut off as a precautionary measure.