300 vehicles gutted in B'luru aero show parking fire

Feb 23, 2019

BENGALURU: A huge fire destroyed more than 300 vehicles in the parking of the Aero India show in Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru on Saturday. There were bo casualties as the the parking was away from the venue of the 12th edition of the five-day air show. Asia's premier air show was scheduled to end on Sunday.

The fire broke out at around noon. A blanket of thick black smoke engulfed the area and it was billowing high into the sky.

Eyewitnesses said they heard blasts when the fire was spreading in the sprawling compound.

Firefighters, rapid action force and the National Disaster Response Force teams brought the fire under control. By then most of the vehicles were burnt down.

A Government statement said the "unfortunate incident" happened at around 11:55 am, and an inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the fire.

Official Twitter posts said in the evening: Vehicles got fire at parking area of #AiroIndia show at Yalahanka. Fire fighters On the spot.@DGP_FIRE AeroShowOpenParkingAreaFire In all, 300 cars burnt in the fire incident. Fire fully extinguished now. 10 Fire Force and 5 other fire engines fought the fire.

The events scheduled for the last day on Sunday will be held as planned, sources said.

On the eve of the five-day show, two jets of Indian Air Force's aerobatic team Surya Kiran had crashed after a collision, killing a pilot.

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