Bengaluru: A massive fire broke out at a scrap yard, spread over nearly three acres, in Nayandahalli early Tuesday and scrap materials dumped in sheds got gutted. Around 29 fire-tenders were pressed to service and the firemen had to battle for nearly 12 hours, after they got a call at around 1.48 am.
The call was made by Prakash, a police constable attached to DG’s office, who stays close to the yard at ITI Layout in Vinayakanagar. He and his family woke up to the sounds of bursting crackers. When they checked they saw two scrap sheds on fire and it was spreading.
The fire spread to the sheds where migrant labourers were staying and they rushed out to safer locations. There was a garage nearby where a parked bus along with a mini goods vehicle also got gutted, Prakash said.
He said the scrap yard was fire prone area and at least three fire incidents happen a year, putting lives of nearby residents in danger. The locals have brought it to the notice of the police, the area corporator and the MLA, but the illegal sheds and shanties continue to thrive and cause nuisance to residents.
There were around half a dozen cylinders in the garage which started exploding one after the other and this created panic among residents. The power supply got cut off through the night and the residents were asked to disconnect their gas lines as well, Prakash said adding nobody in the area have slept through the night.
Senior police officials and fire fighters rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. Fortunately, there were no casualties, the police said....