Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-11-26 13:36 Bengaluru: At least 12 trees and birds nests have been destroyed in fire accident at Kempegowda Tower, Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens on Friday. This is not the first time that the gardens is witnessing fire, said Vijay Nishanth, urban conservationist. He blamed the garden officials for the uncleared garbage including dry grass liquor bottles that caused the fire destroying trees and birds. "The authorities should have cleared garbage regularly. Their lackadaisical attitude has destroyed trees and nests,” he rued. However, Chandrashekhar, Deputy Director of Lal Bagh refuted these charges. "Fire occurred near penensular genesis rock, also called as volcanic rock. During summer, due to heat generated by this rock, dry leaves and grass – kept for manure – catches fire,” he pointed out. He further said that not much damage has been done. Only one tree branch was damaged and fire was doused in time, he said adding the damaged tree is being treated by botanical experts. To prevent such accidents, water will be sprinkled on the rocks everyday, he added. When asked about garbage and liquor bottles strewn around the tower, Chandrashekhar claimed this was far from truth Chandrashekhar said this is far from the truth.