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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Fire guts arrival terminal of Imo airport


Passengers and workers at the Sam Mbakwe Cargo Airport, Imo State, were thrown into a panic yesterday afternoon after a fire broke out at the arrival section.

The cause of the fire was still unknown as at last night. Sources said the arrival hall, which was being renovated, was completely razed.

It was gathered that the fire started about 2pm and raged for about one hour. It took men of the Fire service and airport workers to quell the fire.

The source said: “It was a mysterious fire. It happened at the arrival department of the airport where renovation work was being done.

“It would have caused a bigger havoc but for the arrival of men of the fire service. It started about 2:10pm and raged for 50 minutes. The fire damaged equipment and infrastructure but the rescue workers helped to salvage the situation.”

Police spokesperson Orlando Ikeokwu said he has not being officially briefed.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which confirmed the fire, said some parts of the terminal building were affected.

According to the spokesperson, the incident happened about 1400hours.

She said the fire was however curtailed by officers of the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Department of FAAN. There were no casualty and normal operations have since resumed at the airport.

Mrs. Yakubu added that preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident have begun.
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