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Newsbreak: Fire at MMAirport as FAAN directs all flights coming to Lagos

By Ologeh Joseph Chibu

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigerian (FAAN) has diverted flights coming to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport to the D Wing.

This is in response to a fire incident at Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal one.

The FAAN ordered all flight operations be redirected to the D wing of the airport as a precautionary measure.

In the early hours of Thursday, Irohinoodua was informed that fire erupted around 5:29 am, originating from the E54 bridge. Engineers promptly disconnected power from the entire E wing to contain the blaze, officials say.

According to Obiageli Orah, Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, the situation initially caused alarm among airport staff and travellers. However, the Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) team swiftly intervened, restoring calm to the area.

The statement elaborated on the sequence of events, stating, “Smoke was detected billowing from the E54 Bridge, leading electrical engineers to immediately cut off power to the entire E Wing.

“The Airport Rescue and Firefighting Services (ARFFS) team was quick to respond, arriving at the scene by 05:30 hrs. Initial suspicions point to sparks from an electrical unit as the cause, but a thorough investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fire.”

“The incident, which had escalated into a fire, was brought under control by 06:41 hrs. Efforts to ventilate the smoke from the building are in progress. In the meantime, all flight operations in Terminal 1 of MMA have been diverted to the D Wing. More details will follow shortly.”

Efforts to ventilate the affected areas are underway, with the fire brought under control by 06:41 hrs. Meanwhile, all flight operations in Terminal 1 have been relocated to the D Wing until further notice.

The statement concluded with an assurance that more details would be provided as the situation develops.

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