Visuals from the spot where the fire broke out. 

Over 300 Cars Gutted in Massive Fire at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru

Around 300 cars were gutted in a massive fire that broke out at the venue for Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru’s Yelahanka on Saturday, 23 February. The fire has now been extinguished by the fire brigade.

In a statement, the Indian Air Force said that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the fire.

The News Minute reported that it could have been a lit cigarette that was thrown into the grass which may have started the fire.

Blaze Under Control, Flying Operations Resume

After much effort by the fire brigade, the blaze that spread across the parking lot has now been extinguished. After a brief halt, flying operations too have now resumed and the air display will continue as planned. There have been no injuries reported in the incident.

The spot where the fire had broken out is just a few kilometres from the location where the air show is being held.

The blaze started just moments after badminton star, PV Sindhu, took off in an LCA Fighter.

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.

(Photo: Arun Dev/The Quint)
An aerial shot of the location where the fire broke out.

This incident comes just days after Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, was killed in a mishap involving two aircraft of the Indian Air Force’s Surya Kiran Aerobatics Team.