Fire at government-run airshow in India destroys hundreds of cars

Fire at government-run airshow in India destroys hundreds of cars

Atleast 300 cars were destroyed after a massive fire broke out Saturday in the parking lot of the Yelahankha airbase in Bengaluru where the Aero India 2019 show is underway.

Huge plumes of thick black smoke could be seen in the sky near the Yelahanka air base in North Bengaluru, where about a hundred aircraft are parked for the biennial Aero India 2019 event. According to reports, no casualties have been reported and the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. The fire first started in the dry grass near the parking lot before it spread and set parked cars ablaze, said local media reports. The fire brigade and Rapid Action Force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams had doused the blaze in about 40 minutes after it was noticed around noon.

No injuries have been reported, when we went to the Press.

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"#AeroShowOpenParkingAreaFire Totally about 100 cars burnt in the fire. Likely cause: dry grass fire aided by heavy winds", Reddi said in a tweet. "The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles", the statement said. Fire fully extinguished now. CFT foam was sprayed on the vehicles to prevent spreading of fire. Fire spread is controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars. More than 10 fire engines rushed to the spot in a moment's notice. Fire under control now. Traffic has been snarled at Hebbal to Yelahanka route due to the fire mishap.

Earlier this week, one pilot died and two others were injured after two Indian Air Force planes collided in mid-air while rehearsing an aerobatic maneuver.