Kenya says no injuries as fire disrupts aviation services

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-04 18:02:54|Editor: mingmei
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NAIROBI, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's airport authorities said Thursday no one was injured after a minor fire broke out at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi on Wednesday night.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said the fire, which started at about 11:44 p.m. at check-in counters 7 and 8 disrupted operations for hours as engines fought to contain it.

"All passengers and staff in Terminal 1C were safely evacuated and the situation contained by the Airport's Fire Response Team. No injuries were reported during the incident," KAA said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

It said Terminal 1C has since been temporarily closed and flight operations moved to Termina lB.

"KAA would like to assure all passengers, other airport users and the general public that we are working to ensure the terminal is reopened for use as soon as possible and will keep the public informed of any further developments," it said.

The cause of the fire has not been established. JKIA is a crucial transit point for various airlines coming in and going out of Africa.

The airport, dubbed East Africa's doorway, hosts tens of airlines ferrying passengers to and from Europe, Middle East, Africa and America.