Fire at Newark Airport Causes Evacuations, Flight Delays, Cancellations
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An early-morning fire at Newark Liberty International Airport forced the evacuation of Terminal B twice as emergency crews tried to control the blaze and subsequent smoke.
According to Jeff Goldman of NJ.com, the electrical fire broke out in the ceiling of a boiler room in the Delta Air Lines portion of the terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport at around 1 a.m. local time Monday morning.
The fire forced 200 people to be evacuated from Terminal B.
Firefighters initially seemed to have the fire under control, but the blaze reignited a short time later. Emergency crews fought the flames anew, and had it extinguished by 4:30 a.m. local time, allowing passengers back into the terminal by 5:15 a.m. local time.
There were no injuries reported during the fire, but there were heavy amounts of smoke found inside the terminal, which had to be ventilated before it was reopened.
Several flights that use Terminal B were moved to other gates, and there were still delays and cancellations early Monday morning. FlightAware.com is reporting that 18 flights have been canceled and another 17 have been delayed, as of 10:50 a.m. local time.
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