Fire destroys Lagos airport facility


A fire that started inside one of the offices belonging to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), at the Murtala Muhammed In­ternational Airport, La­gos yesterday destroyed the air-side of the air­port, forcing hundreds of inbound passengers to scamper to safety.

The fire outbreak created a breach of immigration pro­cess, as immigration officers stationed to profile, stamp and admit inbound passengers into the country abandoned their duty post for safety.

Sources at the airport also said many passengers who arrived the country aboard an Emirate Airline flight crossed over the immigration counter and ran into the country to avoid being chocked inside the terminal.

Electricity supply to a sec­tion of the airport was also in­terrupted.

The incident, however, did not disrupt flight operations at the terminal. Firefighters at the airport successfully brought the fire under control after an hour.

Spokesperson for Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati said the incident started with a smoke traced to some offices at the E Wing of the terminal

“There was a minor smoke incident at the ‘E’ arrival wing of the International terminal of the Murtala Mu­hammed International Air­port, Lagos at about 1.13pm Wednesday, April 1, 2015,” Dati told journalists.

“The smoke was quickly traced to some offices at the E wing on the ground floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers. Investigations have com­menced to ascertain the cause of the fire,” he said.

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