01282014Headline:

Nairobi Airport Inferno

A huge fire has broken out at the main international airport in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) had been closed and passengers evacuated.

Cabinet secretary for transport Michael Kamau said the fire was “very severe” and urged people to stay away from the airport.

Photos showed flames raging from one of the main buildings.

The interior ministry tweeted that an evacuation of the entire airport was under way, with only essential personnel remaining, but said the fire had been contained.

There have been no reports of any casualties and the cause of the fire is not clear.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an important regional hub for East Africa, with many long-distance flights landing there to connect to countries across the region.

Dark smoke could be seen billowing into the sky across much of Nairobi, one report said.

Shocked would-be passengers stood outside the airport, bags in hand, watching the blaze.

Multiple reports say the arrivals and immigration sections have been devastated by the blaze.

Cabinet secretary for transport Mr Kamau urged people not to obstruct the work of the emergency services.

“They should allow the emergency work to continue and we kindly request even spectators, people who just want to watch, they should just keep off.”

 

 

 











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