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Fire guts Lagos Airport terminal


There was a mild drama yesterday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, when fire gutted a part of the terminal building presently under reconstruction by the government.

The fire, which broke out at the D-Wing of the terminal started at exactly 11:30am and disrupted the ongoing construction works at the airport for some hours.

The fire outbreak occurred when the contracting firm was doing some welding works at the terminal.

It took the intervention of fire fighters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) before the fire could be put out.

A part of the barricaded building had to be pulled down before the fire fighters could gain access to the terminal. The fire lasted for over 30 minutes.

A source close to FAAN, who did not want his name in print, according to the Mirror said the fire outbreak was caused by the negligence of workers of the contractor, Iron Products Industries.

According to the source, the welding personnel did not take the required precautionary measures during the work, adding that if they had taken the required safety measures, the disaster would have been avoided.

The fire outbreak did not affect flight operations at the airport and no casualty was recorded.

However, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, described the fire incident as minor at a construction site beside the ‘D’ wing extension of the MMIA.

Dati confirmed that the fire was caused by the activities of welders working on the site and lasted for about 15 minutes. He said that the prompt intervention of the fire service attached to the airport immediately brought the fire under control.

His words: “There were no casualties. The only fall out of the incident was the switching off of the power source, which has since been restored.

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