Fire scare at Abuja Airport new terminal
• FAAN Calls For Calm, Denies Incident
Many, yesterday, at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, ran for safety when thick smoke enveloped a section of the airport, in a fire scare. This led to a temporary disruption of operations at the terminal.
The thick smoke was curtailed before it got out of hand, as Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) staff restored normalcy.
FAAN however claimed there was no fire incident, as what was mistook for a fire incident was the residue of powder sprayed by in-built fire detection and protection system at the new terminal.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement, claimed the terminal building was designed and built with the protection system, which comes up when it senses high ambient temperature and consequently sprays fire extinguishing agent.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby notifies the general public of a minor incident that occurred at the equipment room of the new international terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 3:00pm today.
“The incident was however swiftly curtailed by the in-built fire detection and protection system at the new terminal that triggered automatically. The building was designed and built with this protection system. The system comes up when it senses high ambient temperatures and sprays fire extinguishing agent. The residue of powder sprayed by the system was seen in the cloud, there was no fire at all.
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