Thick smoke could be seen billowing upwards from the vehicle parking near the Yelahanka Air base where the aero show is underway in Bengaluru.
Ten fire tenders that rushed to the spot, took almost an hour to douse the fire. "It is only because our government didn't relent did the Union government allow the event to be held in Bengaluru", he said rejecting criticism from Shobha that parking lot fire incident had blotted the reputation of internationally acknowledged air show. The officials, who briefed Sitharaman on February 24, told her that the probable cause of the mishap was fire from an overheated silencer of one of the parked cars and accentuated by strong wings, it spread quickly, the spokesman said. Earlier on Tuesday, just a day before the commencement of the show, a plane had crashed during rehearsals, killing one of the pilots. It is not yet clear how the fire broke out. The fire has been fully extinguished now. There were no injuries reported, according to NDTV.
The cars then were pushed out of the fire area to create an artificial break in the fire, he added.More news: Meghan wants to open baby shower presents with Harry, guest reveals
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Volunteers' help sought: The Forest Department in a bid to contain the fire has sought the help of the volunteers who can work with the fire watchers to control the fire.
Ground reports state that many came to know about the fire outbreak after hearing a loud "bang". Fire engines and an ambulance has been rushed to the spot the fight the flames. Likely cause: "dry grass fire aided by heavy winds", he said.
"No need to panic with regards to fire incident during the Aero India show".