The fire incident at the departures hall of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday was caused by an electrical fault, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has said.
The fire outbreak, which sent travellers and aviation staff at the terminal scampering to safety as smoke billowed into the sky, was quickly extinguished by fire fighters.
Yakubu Dati, FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, described it as a “minor smoke incident.”
“The smoke was quickly traced to the electric panel room on the second floor of the terminal by a combined team of FAAN’s electrical engineers and fire officers,” said Mr. Dati.
Preliminary investigation, according to Mr. Dati, revealed that the incident was caused by a short circuit at the panel room which was arrested by the engineers on duty.
“The Authority wishes to assure the travelling public and other airport users that there was no immediate danger to anyone as a result of the incident neither did it affect flight operations at the terminal,” Mr. Dati said.
“The Authority has directed the Directorate of Engineering and Maintenance to commence immediate investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the said short-circuiting of the cables.”
Two years ago, a similar incident, also caused by an electrical spark caused a blackout at the airport’s international terminal.