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Published On: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019

300 Vehicles On Fire Near Bengaluru Air Show

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A blanket of thick black smoke engulfed the area causing panic among locals and visitors to the Aero India event.Aero India, that was limited to officials, businesses and foreign delegations, media and restricted invitees for the past three days, was thrown open to public on Saturday.
“AeroShowOpenParkingAreaFire In all, 300 cars burnt in the fire incident. Fire fully extinguished now. 10 FireForce and 5 other fire engines fought the fire under the leadership of Chief Fire Officer, West,” DGP Fire Services M N Reddi said in a tweet.

Reddi said the fire spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds. Hundreds of vehicles, including two-wheelers and cars, were seen parked in files in the open ground, surrounded by fire. The fire, which started at 11:55 am, has been brought under control and no injuries have been reported.”Fire in the open field parking lot of aero show.
A Defence Ministry statement said the parking area is located well away from the venue, on the other side of the highway.”IAF immediately launched one helicopter for aerial assessment, the helicopter assisted by providing effective directions to fight the fire. The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles,” the statement said. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire, the Defence Ministry added.
“IAF immediately launched one helicopter for aerial assessment, the helicopter assisted by providing effective directions to fight the fire. The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles,” the release said. It said the Air Show and Aero India venues were unaffected. Confirming that there were no casualties in the fire incident, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy urged people to not panic and said he has directed officials to take necessary steps. Eyewitnesses said they heard repeated blasts as the fire spread. Car owners rushed to the spot after they received information about the incident. (With Agency Inputs ).

 

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