January 5th, 2012
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Major fire at Indira Gandhi airport

fire-in-airportNew Delhi: A major fire broke out at the cargo section of the Indira Gandhi airport at New Delhi in the wee hours of the morning. There were no causalities. Thirty-three fire tenders were rushed to spot which doused the fire in five hours at around 6.30 a.m. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained though a short circuit is suspected to be the cause of the blaze.

The blaze erupted between 12.45 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. in the first floor of the cargo terminal, located near the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building, which houses offices of around 20 international airlines, including Air India, Air Sri Lanka and others.

“There is no damage to cargo. No cargo has been lost. No one was injured,” a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), which operates the IGI Airport, said. The first floor of the cargo building that houses the offices of around 20 airlines and the HR department of Celebi, which manages cargo operations at IGI Airport, was completely gutted.

“The fire broke out in the import section of the cargo. There are three buildings housing the import section and the fire broke out in the second building. All the offices have been gutted. There was no one in the office as it was night hours,” the officials added.



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