Mangaluru: Some children were engaged in cleaning the area belonging to the district TB sanatorium in Moodushedde on the outskirts on Sunday.
The spot is located just behind the regional science centre of the Pilukula park, where an official programme was held.
The fire which the children set to the trash, dry leaves and other material suddenly spread around. The high atmospheric temperature that prevailed made the situation worse.
Fire tenders from Kadri arrived and doused the fire. Some trees and plants and an old shed perished in the fire.