Major fire doused near Bidar Air Force station

Blaze started at tyre factory in nearby industrial area

A major fire broke out at 6.30 am on Thursday at Mehanaz Industries, a tyre factory in Kollar Industrial area located barely 200 metres from the boundary wall of the Air Force Station Bidar.

The fire had the potential to spread fast and wide and may have led to possible loss of lives and property of the nearby factories and residential buildings, a press release from the Ministry of Defence office in Bengaluru stated.

Air Commodore Kirti Khajuria, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Bidar, on receipt of information, immediately ordered Flying Officer Sumit Thakur, Air Force Station Fire Service Officer, to send fire tenders to the site of the incident with the Air Force firefighters.

Without wasting any time, about 30 Air Force Station fire service personnel with three foam-based fire tenders reached the spot and started dousing the fire. In the meantime, M M Patil, District Fire Officer, reached the spot with his firefighters and two fire tenders and assisted in dousing the fire, the release stated.

The fire covered a huge area due to the large quantity of used tyres and took more than four hours for it to be brought under control.

The operation to put out the fire was undertaken by the IAF authorities as the district fire tenders did not have foam-based extinguishing media to douse the burning tyres, the release said.

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