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


The fire took place during the Aero India show, which is run by the country's Defense Ministry, Reuters reports. The fire broke out only moments after spectators were thrilled to see the badminton icon, P V Sindhu, soaring to the skies co-piloting a Tejas LCV (Light Combat Aircraft) trainer.

Officials have confirmed that the air show will not be disrupted on account of this incident, even though it was temporarily suspended till the fire was put out.

Forty fire tenders were rushed to douse the flames, however, owing to dry grass the fire spread immediately in the summer heat. More than one lakh visitors are expected to hit the base on February 24, which is the 5th and last day of the show.

According to a report by NDTV, more than 300 cars have been destroyed due to a fire that broke out in a parking lot that contains nearly a thousand cars.

No injuries have been reported, when we went to the Press. The strong winds in the open field also aided in spreading the fire across the field of parked cars.

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The official informed that the spread of fire was controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars.

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.

Seven ambulances have been stationed at the site and the area has been cordoned off. Cops have reached the spot to initiate the investigation.

The Aero show will continue as scheduled for the fifth day on Sunday, news agency ANI quoted Indian Air Force PRO Anupam Banerjee, as saying.

Saturday's incident comes after two jets of Indian Air Force's Aerobatic Team collided during rehearsals last Tuesday, killing a pilot and injuring two more.

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