The Bellandur Lake, the largest lake of Bengaluru, burst into flames on Thursday choking the entire city.
The lake continues to be a dumping ground for toxic chemicals, despite flagging of environmental concerns.
According to officials, the fire began in the clumps of dry hyacinth and weed around the lake at about 4 pm.
"The fire is because of dry grass. Not pollutants. It was white smoke," said senior fire officer Ravi Chauhan.
Bengaluru, once a city well-known for its interconnected lake system is now being contaminated by the manufacturing plants waste and general sewage that have prompted to outrageous levels of water pollution in the city.
Ambulances and fire department were informed at Sun City lest someone should suffer any negative consequences from the plumes of smoke entering the apartments.
The smoke also reached to the nearby flyover and brought the situation in the notice of authorities by the citizens living in and around the area.
“We got a call around 5.15 pm. Our unit reached there and put out the fire. It was difficult to get there since it was sinking because of silt,” said KU Ramesh, Deputy Director, Fire and Emergency Services.
This is how people immediately reacted on the emitting of lethal fumes: