by Isi Esene
There was panic yesterday at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, when fire gutted a section of the 33-year-old aviation facility.
Property worth millions of naira was reportedly lost in the inferno which was attributed to an electric equipment in a section of the airport which is under construction.
The fire caused a thick cloud of smoke to rise above the facility causing fear among intending travelers.
Eyewitness reports indicate a quick response from the fire service which quickly stopped the spread of the fire. Electricity supply to the airport was also cut as a safety measure to mitigate against the spread of the raging inferno.
The general manager, corporate affairs, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, Yakubu Dati, reportedly said the fire incident, which started at about 11:30am was caused by welders working at the site.
“The fire incident did not extend beyond 15 minutes. Men of the fire service department of FAAN acted promptly and everything was brought under control. The response was unprecedented.
“Planes are taking off and landing without hitches,” he said.
“We remain committed to providing secure, safe and comfortable airport environment as enshrined in the aviation master plan,” he added.
No casualty was recorded in the mishap.