Panic as Nairobi airport evacuates, closes departure terminal over fire incident

A worrisome fire incident at KIA after 2013. Photo : RR.

Dakar, Senegal (ADV) – Passengers at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi were panicky and briefly stranded as authorities evacuated them Thursday and closed one of the main departure terminals over a fire incident, ADV learns here.

During the confusion, flight operations at the affected terminal had been moved to an adjacent terminal while authorities worked to re-open it.

The fire blazed shortly after midnight Wednesday due to a baggage system malfunction, airport authorities said Thursday.

There were no injuries in spite of a few luggage that were engulfed by the inferno, sources said.

“All passengers and staff at the terminal were evacuated safely and the fire contained by the airport’s fire team,” a statement said.

It is not known if any flights had been disrupted by the incident.

The Nairobi airport fire occurred when, on 7 August 2013, a fire broke out inside the main terminal building at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, destroying two of the three units contained in the building.

No one was killed, but two people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

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