150 cars gutted after major fire in parking bay at Aero India

On the third day of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base here, Indian army soldiers demonstrated their skills. The security personnel at the venue were seen engaged in dousing the fires.

According to reports, the fire was initiated by careless disposal of a cigarette butt on dry vegetation. "In all, 300 cars burnt in the fire incident".

This was the second major incident at the 12th edition of the Aero India within a span of just five days. Within minutes after the fire broke out, response was activated and there was quick assessment of the situation and joint planning by stakeholders, the spokesman said, adding some cars were broke open. Fire fully extinguished now.

At the time of filing this report, ADG Fire Sunil Agarwal was meeting top IAF officials at the base to discuss further course of action. Fire spread is controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars.

RTO sources said that the helpdesk will be set up to get all the information about the vehicles that caught fire.

Three fire tenders on standby at the Aero show premises rushed to douse the fire and since it was dry grass the fire spread immediately due to summer heat.

The fire started at 11:55 a.m. and has been brought under control as of this writing.

Seven ambulances have been stationed at the site and the area has been cordoned off. Cops have reached the spot to initiate the investigation.

On February 19, a pilot was killed and two others were ejected safely as two Indian aircraft crashed after a collision, during rehearsal of the Air show in Kishan Nagar area of Bengaluru.

  • Joey Payne