BANGALORE: A fire broke out near the forest cover opposite the cargo terminal of the Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) in the early afternoon on Monday.
A fire tender stationed in the BIAL premises was rushed to the spot at 2 pm and officials revealed the fire had been bellowing for almost an hour before the fire tender reached.
“The fire could have started because of a cigarette butt. We reached the spot and managed to reduce the harm,” said a source The fire spread for almost 16 acres of the forest cover and the biggest fear was that it should not spread as the place where the fire started was merely 1 km away from ATC and 500 meters away from terminal.
The BIAL officials were ignorant about the fire till the media told them. A BIAL spokesperson said, “A minor grass fire was detected in barren land near Cargo area. Precautions were taken to ensure that the fire was brought under control.”