BREAKING NEWS – MAJOR FIRE AT NAIROBI’S JOMO KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
(Posted 07th August 2013 05.55 hrs)
Reports are coming in through the Kenya Red Cross, the country’s foremost emergency response organization, that a major fire is raging at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Courtesy of twitter picture via this tweet: ‘FIRE reported at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport #Nairobi via #iVolunteer @decibyte ^PO’ this is the first available image of the raging inferno, which seems to have fully engulfed one of the main buildings.
Stand by for more reports and updates in due course.
The latest update at 06.17 hrs speaks of the main arrival building, at least the upper floors, being completely engulfed in a major fire and the arrival hall and immigration area has been cleared of passengers while those outside the main arrival hall, beyond customs check points, too has been cleared of people and cars normally waiting there. Parked cars should be removed to make way for fire brigade units coming from the city too.
Update 2 at 06.34 hrs EAT
This correspondent also urges to refrain from any speculation over the cause of the fire, which will no doubt be fully investigated.
At present there is NO information about any injuries or loss of life.
Updated 06.48 hrs EAT
Reliable sources from JKIA now speak of a development just taking place at JKIA, that access to the airport has been closed for passengers trying to depart on morning flights, domestic, regional and international to allow additional fire fighting services from the Kenya Army, the National Youth Service and other government organizations priority access to the arrival / departure buildings as the sheer size of the blaze requires additional resources.
Unit One departures according to some reports is also affected.
Still no reports of injuries or loss of life.
Passengers should be aware that their departure may be delayed considerably until the blaze has been brought under full control and no more danger exists for travellers and staff working at JKIA.
And just in, news that inbound flight may have to be diverted to avoid passengers piling up at JKIA and authorities unable to process them into the country.
Stand by for more updates
And a first comment from Ron whose wife arrived as the fire spread:
Just spoke to my wife who arrived at the time of the fire outbreak. Most arriving passengers are still waiting for some sort of guidance. Looks like fire services are struggling to contain, but she said fellow passengers from her arrival (from Dubai) are all Ok.
equipment like high loaders, movable stairs and vehicles too have been taken away from the apron area just outside
Terminal 3, 2 and 1. Incoming flights are being diverted to Mombasa, Eldoret, Entebbe, Kilimanjaro International and Dar es Salaam.
Due to the major airline offices located in the affected area there is no land line communication possible right now
and unless mobile numbers of airline staff at the JKIA station are available, authoritative statements about where
respective flights have been diverted to, can only be obtained through the airline city offices, in due course.