Udupi: Narrow escape for lensman after car catches fire at Kaup


Inchara Udupi
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi

Udupi, Aug 15: A lensman had a narrow escape after his car burst into flames on the flyover at Kaup here on Monday August 15.

Dinesh Gode, proprietor of Kundapur-based Gode Video Centre, was driving along the national highway 66 when he noticed smoke emanating from the engine of his Wagon R. He immediately got out and within minutes, the car was completely burnt right before his eyes.

Dinesh was returning after a photography assignment at a programme in Mundkur when the incident took place.

Luckily, Dinesh was also able to retrieve his camera, LCD projector, LCD TV and other items which were in the car just before it burst into flames.

Scores of people gathered at the spot and watched the car burning. As a result, traffic on the highway was affected for sometime.

The police who rushed to the spot called the fire brigade, but by the time the fire fighters arrived, the car had completely turned to ashes. They were however successful in preventing the flames from touching the gas cylinder in the car.

Kaup circle inspector A S Halamurthy Rao, Kaup SI Jagadish Reddy and other police personnel visited the spot.

A case has been registered in Kaup police station.

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  • Kusuma Kumari, Kodyadka and Nellore

    Wed, Aug 17 2016

    We must be very careful when using LPG cylinders. Lucky here no one is hurt.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 16 2016

    It is time CNG is introduced instead of LPG which might prevent these hazards.
    Auto shut off valves as safety measures in the gas based tanks would also be able to prevent gas leakage & these mishaps.

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  • ken, M'Lore/ New York

    Tue, Aug 16 2016

    Second life ! God Bless him.
    On serious note there is no set rule in India that the vehicle should carry an fire extinguisher, in other countries the vehicle has to be proved its road worthy every year if not your are not let to drive, there is an annual test for the breaks and the expiry of the extinguisher as well out of all the other test.. sorry to say but good luck with the car maker or the insurance covering your loss... its life in the Incredible India. At least he was able to get out of the car without the malfunction of the seat belt and if he was wearing one .. and we all know how careless drivers are in India.. AT least let this be a lesson to the law makers to pass some new safety laws rather than.. for the safety of the COWS.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/ NEW YORK, USA.

    Tue, Aug 16 2016

    Lucky escape from near death for lensman Dinesh Gode after his car caught fire at Kaup. The picture itself shows how badly was burnt down to ashes.

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  • pcc kadri, Kulshekar

    Mon, Aug 15 2016

    Now a days dont buy a car HIRE OLA UBER THEY ARE VERY SAFE

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  • PEDDU, MANGALURU

    Mon, Aug 15 2016

    CAMERAMAN ALWAYS HAS THE THIRD EYE OR SIX SENSE BUT WHY THE PEOPLE ARE GATHERING UNNECESSARILY FOR FREE ENTERTAINMENT ! NO ONE BOTHERED TO HELP EVEN IF THEY SAVE THE LIFE BUT THEY WILL NOT BUT THEY INTERESTED IN SELFIE

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  • sri, Karkala

    Mon, Aug 15 2016

    Heegu Unte?
    Good presence of mind saved you Dinesh. God is great.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nashville

    Mon, Aug 15 2016

    First time in 70 years cameraman captures his own car on Fire ...

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  • sri, Karkala

    Mon, Aug 15 2016

    @jossey- you comment is like I am claiming "August 15 is a public holiday in Nashville"

    If it is happening then first time in 70 years...😋

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