A day ahead of the Kumbh Mela celebrations, a massive fire was triggered by a cylinder explosion in a tent at the site in Prayagraj on Monday. No injuries were reported in the incident.
According to officials, the fire broke out around 12.45 pm. Soon after, six fire tenders and eight ambulances were rushed to the spot, news agency PTI reported.
The firefighters, with the help of the Mela administration, fire brigade, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), took about 10 minutes to bring the blaze, which had engulfed the makeshift structure at the venue, under control, the police said.
Two vehicles and some materials kept at the site were damaged in the fire, they added.
The fire broke out at an adjoining tent and spread to the kitchen tent of their camp, triggering the cylinder blast, the head of the Digambar Ani Akhara claimed.
The 55-day mela, which will begin tomorrow, draws lakhs of pilgrims who arrive to bathe in the sacred confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers.
(With PTI inputs)