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Firefighters extinguish smouldering cars after a fire broke out in a parking lot during the Aero India show at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India, February 23, 2019.

"Today morning at around 1155hrs an unfortunate incident occurred, wherein fire broke out in one of the parking areas outside the venue of Aero India 2019", the IAF said in a statement. According to reports, no casualties have been reported and the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. "The fire and smoke you see [is] from normal domestic fire of dried leaves", repeated announcements during the show said. There are no reports of any injuries. At least 300 vehicles parked in parking area number 5 at the Yelahanka air base, the venue of the airshow, were gutted in the fire.

10 Fire Force and five other fire engines were rushed to the spot under the leadership of Chief Fire Officer, West, senior police officer MN Reddi tweeted, adding that the fire has been completely extinguished. "The fire was brought under control by deploying more than 12 fire fighting vehicles", the statement said. Vehicle owners rushed to the spot after they received information about the incident. A court of enquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of fire. Fire spread is controlled by creating a gap by removing adjacent cars.

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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.

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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