A fire official told TNM, “We did not get any distress calls from the public. We came to know through TV channels about the fire."

 A day after 300 vehicles charred in Aero India fire another fire reported in north BluruRepresentational image
news Fire Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 18:57

A day after 300 cars were gutted in a major fire in one of the parking bays of Aero India held in the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, another fire was reported in Jarakabande state forest on Sunday. There was no harm to human life or property due to the fire, officials said.

A little after 3 pm on Sunday, a fire was spotted in the forest area of Jarakabande and it was contained within one hour by two fire engines of the Yelahanka Fire Station. A fire official at Bengaluru Fire Control Room told TNM, “We have not got any distress calls from the public. The fire was near Jarakabande in MS Palya and it has been completely put out. We came to know through TV channels. At 3.40 pm, two vehicles left the station and had returned within one hour.”  

The cause of fire is yet to be known. TV channels reported that the fire was allegedly caused by miscreants who had deliberately lit dry grass.

On the same day in neighbouring Chennai, in a repeat of sorts of the Aero India car burning incident, more than 100 parked vehicles in a parking facility opposite Ramachandra Hospital were ablaze. The cause of the fire in that incident is also yet to be known.

Meanwhile, the reason for the fire in the Aero India incident is suspected to be an overheated silencer of a parked car, according to a Ministry of Defence statement. The spokesperson said the rapid spread of fire was aided by strong winds reaching in excess of 30 kmph and the fact many vehicles were parked in direction of wind. 

“The OCC Commander along with State Fire Department put into action together more than thirteen fire tenders, seven water bowsers and 33 Agni Varuna vehicles to douse the fire. Additionally, six Crash Fire Tenders (CFT) of IAF, which is used in case of Aircraft Crash, was used to control the rapid spread of fire and the entire fire was doused within 45 Minutes and more than 3000 litres of foam was used,” the statement said.

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