Over 300 vehicles gutted in a massive fire that broke out at a parking lot near the venue of the Aero India Show at Bengaluru.
Officials say the cause of the fire could be a lit cigarette that was disposed on the grass in 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.
Senior Police officer MN Reddy 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 area has been cordoned off and police personnel have reached the spot to initiate the investigation. No planes are reported to have suffered any damage.
DGP Fire Services MN Reddi said that the spread of fire was controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars. He added, “10 Fire Force and 5 other fire engines fought the fire under the leadership of Chief Fire Officer, West.”
The five-day Air show started on Wednesday and will conclude tomorrow.
The fire has been brought under control and no injuries have been reported.
No planes have reportedly taken off from the airbase in the last one hour. Sources say they will fly, only after the fire will be doused completely.
Further details awaited.