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19 injured in Kumbh Mela fire

Friday, 25 January 2013 - 7:36pm IST | Place: Allahabad | Agency: ANI

At least 12 people were reported hurt/injured after two pandals caught fire at the ongoing Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad on Friday.

Nineteen people were on Friday injured when a fire broke out at Saket Dham in Triveni area of Kumbh Mela in Allahabad district, officials said.

The incident occurred due to leakage of an LPG cylinder, a senior official told PTI.

He said the injured have been rushed to hospital, where the condition of six was stated to be serious.

Fire engines were rushed to the spot and the flames were brought under control, he added.

This was the first such incident after the Maha Kumbh Mela, often described as the "greatest show on earth", began on the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river Saraswati on January 14 on Makar Sankranti.

Held every 12 years, it will conclude on Maha Shivratri on March 10.

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