Chikkamagaluru, June 19, 2018: In a shocking incident, a petrol tanker toppled at Kadur in Chikkamagaluru district while negotiating a turn on Tuesday afternoon. The tanker burst into flames which spread to over 100 metres at the spot. One person was burnt alive in the mishap while as many as 5 houses were damaged. Around eight fire engines were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.
Four fire engines have been pressed into service. The fire station received the call at 3 pm. Vehicles from Kadur, Tarikere, Chikkamagaluru, Hosadurga and Shivamogga are at the spot.
According to reports, a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire. Local media reports said that the driver lost control of the vehicle. The fire from the tanker then spread to the houses nearby – reports said that there are 50 houses in the neighbourhood, and the fire has spread to at least five of those houses.
It is unclear if all the residents in the houses in the vicinity have evacuated. Visuals played by TV channels showed people dragging vehicles out of the way of the fire. Thick black smoke can be seen rising above the buildings.
The control room received initial reports that the vehicle number is unrecognizable due to the extent of the fire.