The fire near the Bengaluru air show burned 300 vehicles in this afternoon.fficials 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.Hundreds of vehicles including two wheelers and four wheelers were burnt into ashes in the fire.
“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),” senior police official Reddi tweeted.
“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,” said Defence Ministry in a statement.
The air show was temporarily suspended once the fire spread and no planes took off from the airbase till the fire was completely doused.
Today’s incident comes less than a week after two jets of the Indian Air Force’s Suryakiran Aerobatic Team crashed after a mid-air collision over the air base. One of the three pilots in the crash had died.The air show was started in Wednesday and will last five days.