300 cars gutted in major fire at Air Show, no injuries reported

Fire at government-run airshow in India destroys hundreds of cars

A massive fire in the parking lot opposite the IAF's Yelahanka air base, where the Aero India show is underway, gutted about 300 cars on Saturday, police said. There were no injuries reported, according to NDTV.

The cause of the fire could be a lit cigarette that was disposed of on the grass in the open field, Indian broadcaster NDTV reported, citing official sources.

"#AeroShowOpenParkingAreaFire Totally about 100 cars burnt in the fire". "Some drivers initially tried breaking the windows and moving the cars by undoing the hand brakes". At least 15 drivers were also sleeping inside the cars when the fire broke out.

Earlier on Sunday, Nirmala Sitharaman visited the site of the fire which gutted cars stationed at the parking lot of the air show. A Defence Ministry spokesperson said in a tweet, "This quickly led to spreading of the fire, accentuated by strong winds".

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

The parking bay is far from the main venue of the Aero India where the aircraft are parked. "The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles", the release said.

Within minutes after the fire broke out, response was activated and there was quick assessment of the situation and joint planning by stakeholders, the spokesman said, adding some cars were broke open.

The fire comes barely four days after a fatal mid-air crash had left a pilot of the Surya Kiran aerobatics team dead.

The five-day Aero Show started on Wednesday and will conclude tomorrow.

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