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Bengaluru Air Show Fire: 300 Vehicles Gutted; Cigarette Could Be Cause

February 23, 2019 | By

Bengaluru: As per reports emanating from Bengaluru nearly 300 vehicles have been destroyed in a massive fire at the parking lot of the venue of the air show in the city this afternoon. Officials say the cause of the fire could be a lit cigarette that was disposed on the grass in the open field.

“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”, reads a report by NDTV.

Around 300 Vehicles Gutted in Bengaluru fire

Senior police officer MN Reddi reportedly 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 has been brought under control and no injuries have been reported.


“Fire in the open field parking lot of aero show. Nearly 20 cars burnt. Fire fighting operations by Chief Fire Officer and 10 water tenders staff under way (sic),” Mr Reddi tweeted.

The air show was temporarily suspended once the fire spread and no planes took off from the airbase till the fire was completely doused.

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