India: Lake catches fire in Bengaluru

Fire engulfed Bengaluru's Bellandur lake again. This time from the trash heap. Here's more to this story. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 17, 2017, 03.54 AM (IST)

A fire broke out in the middle of the Bellandur lake in the Indian city of Bengaluru on Thursday.

The Hindu reported that the fire officials had trouble putting it out, as they had no access to the spot.

"How can we put out a fire in water?” The Hindu quoted a fireman as saying.

Over the past year, the lake in the country's IT hub has garnered international attention for its froth that spills over to the roads and toxic fumes that have been igniting spontaneously.

According to The Hindu, the fire officials suspected that the fire started in the thick layer of hyacinth in the lake but are yet to determine what set the hyacinth on fire.

Other media reports suggested that the lake caught fire from a pile of burning garbage.