Raging fire guts hundreds of cars at government-run Indian airshow

Officials have confirmed that the air show will not be disrupted on account of this incident, even though it was temporarily suspended till the fire was put out.

Initial media reports said "grass fire" was the reason for the incident, but this angle is now ruled out as the area has been continuously used by vehicles in the last four days, leaving barely any grass for the fire to catch.

A major fire swept through the parking area, far away from the venue of Asia's premier air show, gutting about 300 cars on February 23, but there were no casualties. There were no injuries reported, according to NDTV. No planes have reportedly taken off from the airbase in the last few hours.

Additionally six CFTs (crash fire tenders) were also moved to the site within 10 minutes into the fire.

He said, the BJP tried its best to get Aero India shifted out of Bengaluru to Uttar Pradesh (UP) and it was also the desire of Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and UP CM Yogi Adityanath, he said.


On the second day it spread to Gopalaswamy Betta and today it has spread right up to Bandipur Safari Campus Ticket counter, forcing the Forest Department to cancel the morning and evening safari trips, as a precautionary measure.

The official informed that the spread of fire was controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars. However, it has been marred by high-profile accidents this year.

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

It may be recalled that in 2017, there was a similar forest fire and volunteers in large numbers had participated in the fire fighting operations.


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