Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Nirmala Sitharaman visits fire accident site in Bengaluru

Nirmala Sitharaman visits fire accident site in Bengaluru

"In all, 300 cars (were) burnt in the fire incident". Fire under control now.

Aero India show fire: A billow of black smoke was seen above the air base and officials were rushed in to control the fire.

No casualties were reported in the incident which happened around noon in the parking area of the air show. The department had strictly given the violating hospitals two months' time to put fire safety practices in place, failing which they would be recommended for closure, a top fire official said.

"The fire spread rapidly due to dry grass and strong winds".

After much effort by the fire brigade, the blaze that spread across the parking lot has now been extinguished.

A probe has been ordered into the cause of the fire, India's Defence Ministry said.

"The Chief Minister has requested Ms Sitharaman to hold the Aero India air show in Bengaluru only just like the previous 11 editions organised over the last 22 years", the statement, that was released after their meeting, read. The cars then were pushed out of the fire area to create an artificial break in the fire, he added. The actual cause of the fire is unknown, but is believed to be a ground fire from the dried grass in the parking area.

For residents in the vicinity of the venue, the blaze brought back memories of a mid-air collision and crash of two aircraft of the IAF's Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (SKAT) on Tuesday, killing Wg Cdr Sahil Gandhi. The incident resulted in no loss of life or injuries to anyone.A RTO helpdesk was immediately setup at the site of the incident and people could file FIR on site.

A Rafale fighter jet piercing the sky with supersonic speed during Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Most of the reports said a total of 150 cars were damaged.

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