Fighters put out grass fire near runway of VSI airport

Report by: 
TABASSUM
Port Blair
28 Feb 2017

Fire fighters from almost all the fire stations of the city and security personnel from INS Utkrosh rushed to the edges of the runway of Veer Savarkar International Airport here on Tuesday as fire broke out in the bushes near the runway and brought the blaze under control. Nature too played a crucial role as the direction of the wind prevented the fire from spreading to the tarmac area, according to reports.
The grass fire was reported inside the airport complex near the APWD Water Treatment Plant near Bhatu Basti at around 12.45 pm. Within minutes, the fire started engulfing the nearby bushes and staff of INS Utkrosh swung into action to douse the fire. A distress call was also sent to the Aberdeen Fire Station after which fighters and tenders from the FS Headquarters, Garacharma, Chatham were rushed to the spot. Some miscommunication, however, prevented the fighters from entering the airport complex after which the fire fighting operation was carried out from along the boundary wall of the airport. “The direction of the breeze proved crucial or else the fire could have spread quickly to the parking bay of the airport. The fire team, however, got their acts together and brought the blaze under control. Take off of some flights were delayed due to the grass fire,” said a fire fighter requesting anonymity.
Lauding his team, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Fire Service), A&N Islands, Mr B Saigal denied any problem in the fire fighting operation due to denial of entry in the airport complex. “The grass fire was reported close to the boundary wall of the airport and as such the fire fighting team managed to quickly bring the fire under control.