Hyderabad: More than two acres of open space in the Nehru Zoological Park was damaged after a fire broke out on Monday morning.
Firefighters from the Chandulal Baradari Fire Station were rushed to the spot after an emergency call around 10.45 am. District Fire Officer M Srinivasa Reddy said it took nearly two hours for the personnel to douse the fire.
“Around two acres of land was damaged. The site was a few metres away from the area where visitors are allowed to move and from the animal enclosures as well. No casualties were reported,” he said.
“The affected area had large swathes of dry grass due to which the impact was very high. The flames were extinguished by creating gaps so that the fire could be prevented from spreading,” he said, adding that carelessly thrown cigarette butts could have led to the incident.
The Bahadurpura police too reached the spot. The zoo’s security team also took part in the fire operation. No case was registered.
In another incident, an escalator of Foot Over Bridge near LV Prasad Eye Institute at Jubilee Hills caught fire on Monday afternoon. According to fire officials, the incident occurred around 2.15 pm. “No casualties were reported,” said D Mohan Rao, Station Fire Officer, Panjagutta, adding that reason behind the fire was being ascertained.