A video of fire accident in Idukki, Kerala is being shared as a visualization of heat accident in Bikaner

This year, the heat in India has reached its highest level. Rajasthan is feeling the worst as a heatwave sweeps across northern India. The maximum temperature recorded at Phalodi in Rajasthan was 50 degrees Celsius, in Barmer it reached 48.8 degrees Celsius and in Bikaner it reached 47.2 degrees Celsius. In this context, a video ( here , here , here , here and here ) of a JCB machine passing through the massive flames of a fierce fire is being widely shared on social media platforms, claiming that it depicts a massive fire caused by severe heat in Bikaner, Rajasthan. In this article, let’s check the facts in the post.

Archived versions of similar posts can be found here, here and here.

Law: Visuals of a massive fire caused by intense heat in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Fact: The visuals of this viral video depict a fire accident that took place in Pooppara, Idukki, Kerala. According to news reports, pipes stored near Idukki Poopara village office for the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ water supply scheme caught fire on March 1, 2024. Irrigation Department officials said the pipes worth over Rs. 2 crore was destroyed in this incident. However, initial reports failed to determine the cause of the fire. Hence the thesis contained in the post DECEPTIVE.

To find information about this viral video, we performed a reverse image search on Google using keyframes from the video. This search led us to a video with similar visuals, uploaded to YouTube on March 3, 2024, titled “Fire in Pooppara: Water pipes caught fire” (translated from Malayalam to English).

Taking this into account, we conducted a search for relevant keywords. This led us to a news report uploaded to a YouTube channel called “24 News” on March 1, 2024, where similar visuals of this fire incident can be seen from different angles. According to the video description, the incident took place in Pooppara in Idukki, Kerala, where plastic pipes caught fire.

After further investigation, we found several news reports ( here , here and here ) about this fire. According to these reports, pipes stored near Idukki Pooppara village office for the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ water supply scheme caught fire on March 1, 2024. The preliminary request of the Water Resources Department shows that the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes are worth more than rupees 2 crore was destroyed in this incident. Irrigation Department officials said several pipes were removed using excavators. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

We also sought information on the recent fire incidents in Bikaner, Rajasthan. According to a news report by ‘Amara Ujali’ dated May 24, 2024, a fire broke out in a transport company named ‘BJT Cargo Express Company’ in Rani Bazar area under Kotgate Police Station in Bikaner at around 6:00 a.m. on May 24, 2024 After receiving information about the fire, three fire brigade vehicles arrived at the scene. After many efforts, firefighters managed to control the fire. There were no casualties in this fire, but goods worth lakhs of rupees were burnt to ashes. Additional news reports on this event can be found here and here.

To summarize, the Idukki fire accident video in Kerala is being circulated as visuals of the Bikaner fire accident caused by scorching heat.