Moscow’s Domodedovo airport catches fire, 3,000 people evacuated

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Moscow’s Domodedovo airport caught fire on Thursday, when around 3,000 people had to be evacuated.

According to reports carried by a Russian news website Sputnik, the fire erupted in the baggage section which covers an area of about 160 square feet.

About sixty flights were reportedly delayed. Eyewitnesses said that they saw a thick layer of smoke filling the airport, minutes after the fire broke out.

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Another Russian news agency TASS quoted a ministry official as saying, “At 8:10 am (0510 GMT), the fire was total extinguished. There is no delay to arriving flights but there are (delays) to departing flights.”

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The emergency situations ministry said that the fire was presumed to be caused by an electrical short circuit.

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An official of the emergency ministry said, “Once the smoke is under control and we have checked the building, the airport will be back operating as normal and the passengers would “soon” be allowed to return to the departures terminal.”

The situation was, however, quickly brought under control and the first images of the incident were shared by eyewitnesses on Twitter.
Later, the Domodedovo airport said in a statement that a small fire in a building contractor’s storage facility on the basement floor triggered the alarm system at 7:20 a.m. local time and sent plumes of smoke into the terminal.

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Normal operations resumed two hours later.

 

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