Over 50 seized vehicles gutted in fire at police chowkie in Virar
At least 50 vehicles were gutted in a fire that broke out at a police chowki near Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in Virar (East) on Thursday afternoon.
According to officials from the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC), the fire broke out around 11:30 am in the parking lot behind Kaner police chowkie.
It was brought under control with the aid of three fire tenders and after two hours of fire fighting.
A suspected short circuit in the nearby electricity transformer caused sparks to fly over to the area where dozens of seized vehicles were parked.
The dry grass on the ground quickly caught fire and the flames eventually spread to the vehicles, which were confiscated and stored at the beat chowkie in connection with various traffic violations.
Most vehicles – including several cars, bikes, tempos, trailers, and autos – were completely gutted in the fire. However, most of them had been in lying in the chowkie since years and had been reduced to scrap.
Some reports have pegged the number of burnt vehicles at over 100, although confirmation from officials on the same is awaited.
The incident did not result in any casualties.