Tension as fire breaks out at Lagos airport

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There was tension at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos on Thursday morning following a fire incident at Terminal 1 of the facility.

As a result of the fire outbreak, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) diverted flight operations out of Terminal 1 to D Wing of the airport.

Politics Nigeria understands that the fire outbreak occured at the E54 Passenger Air Bridge at the domestic wing of the airport.

In a press statement by the director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, FAAN, Obiageli Orah, the incident occurred at 5:29hrs on Thursday morning.

The fire was brought under control by the Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) at 06:41hrs while efforts to ventilate the smoke from the building were in progress as at press time.

“At 05:29 hrs, smoke was detected billowing from the E54 Bridge, leading electrical engineers to immediately cut off power to the entire E Wing. The Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) team was quick to respond, arriving at the scene by 05:30 hrs.

“Initial suspicions point to sparks from an electrical unit as the cause, but a thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire.

“The incident, which had escalated into a fire, was brought under control by 06:41 hrs. Efforts to ventilate the smoke from the building are in progress. In the meantime, all flight operations in Terminal 1 of MMA have been diverted to the D Wing. More details will follow shortly,” Orah stated.

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