300 cars gutted in major Bengaluru fire accident

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

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. The parking spot is a few kilometres away from the venue of the air show. According to a policeman present at the venue, one vehicle suddenly caught fire, which spread uncontrollably and took around 80-100 cars in its blaze, resulting in a huge tower of smoke.

A day after Aero Show fire, nearly 176 cars were gutted in a major fire that broke out in the parking lot of a private taxi operator near Porur in Chennai on Sunday. More than one lakh visitors are expected to hit the base on February 24, which is the 5th and last day of the show. It is not yet clear how the fire broke out. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported so far. "The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles", the statement said.

The air show was temporarily suspended and no planes took off from the airbase until the fire was completely extinguished.

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

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The fire was controlled by creating a gap between the adjacent cars. A court of enquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire.

Volunteers' help sought: The Forest Department in a bid to contain the fire has sought the help of the volunteers who can work with the fire watchers to control the fire. Two other pilots suffered injuries in the mid-air collision during the rehearsal for the Aero India show.

This incident comes just days after Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, was killed in a mishap involving two aircraft of the Indian Air Force's Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team.

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