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Fire at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos

Murtala Mohamed International Airport, Lagos (Airside view)

On 18 March, a fire incident occurred in parts of the fourth and fifth floors of the terminal building at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Local sources reported that thick smoke was noticed on the two floors about mid-day, with flames bursting out shortly after. The fire prompted a stampede of passengers and airport staff fleeing the building. However, firemen from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and security agencies speedily arrived and put out the fire after a few minutes.

There were no casualties or injuries. While the incident briefly disrupted the activities of some airline staff in offices and check-in counters in the building, it did not lead to any flight cancellations.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the General Manager, Public Affairs of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Supo Atobatele, said it might have been caused by an electrical spark from the distribution box in the equipment room of the control tower.

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