A similar incident took place about five days at the Kumbh Mela where several tents were charred due to the fire.
Haridwar (Uttarakhand): A cottage near Bairagi Camp in the Maha Kumbh Mela site caught fire and intensified as strong winds swept the area. A fire truck and 60 personnel from the emergency services rushed to the scene to control the blaze. The fire briefly posed a threat to a cluster of huts nearby.
No casualties were reported at the time of filing this report.
Kumbh Mela where several tents were charred due to the fire.
The incident comes days after a fire broke out at another one of the camps set up at the Kumbh Mela. Several tents were charred due to the fire, which had been quickly brought under control.
Nobody was killed or injured in the fire.
A cylinder blast is believed to be the cause of the fire. The suspected blast and the fire took place in a tent camp set up by the Digambar Akhada in Sector 16 of Prayagraj.
Fire reached the spot and quickly brought the blaze under control. Earlier visuals from the site of the Kumbh Mela camp fire showed debris and black smoke billowing into the air.
A superintendent of police, who is in charge of security operations at the Kumbh Mela, confirmed that there were no casualties in the Kumbh Mela camp fire. The policeman also told reporters that the fire had been contained.
A day before the Kumbh Mela starts, fire broke out at a camp in Digambar Akhara at Prayagraj today. No one has been injured in the fire, said security officials present at the location.
The fire was brought under control within a few minutes, fire fighters told news agencies. Local reports suggest a cylinder blast led to the fire.
Around 10 ambulances and an air ambulance were immediately sent to the spot. “No casualties have been reported so far,” Nodal Officer, Disaster Management, Dr Rishi Sahay told news agency ANI
“The fire has been contained and the area is being cleared now,” said a senior police officer present at the site. Fire engines and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel are present at the site, making sure that the fire does not spread.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the fire department to inspect all the camps. He has also asked the Mela administration to provide compensation for the tents destroyed in fire and ensure there is no repeat of the incident.