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Massive Fire Shuts Nairobi Airport, Engulfs Entire Terminal In Flames

A huge blaze engulfed Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport early Wednesday, forcing East Africa’s largest airport to close and rerouting all inbound flights. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

1. The fire reportedly was sparked just before dawn at the airport’s international arrivals building.


tamter

@thomasamter

#kenya #JKIAfire


Peter Kapkiai

@Darxyd

Major snarl up in JKIA caused by this @Ma3Route

3. Would-be travelers and onlookers stood by as firefighters battled the large blaze.

AP

Roselyn Odoyo

@MsRawxie

Jkia pics courtesy of @Titoopondo

6. “It was huge, the smoke billowing, and it didn’t seem to be stopping,” eyewitness Barry Fisher told the AP.

Kyodo News / AP
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11. Video captured the raging flames.

12. Amazingly, no injuries were reported in the huge fire.

#JKIAFire Fire contained. No casualties reported. cc @NDOCKenya @InteriorKE

— KenyaRedCross (@Kenya Red Cross)

Kenya Red Cross

@KenyaRedCross

#JKIAFire Fire contained. No casualties reported. cc @NDOCKenya @InteriorKE

13. The international arrivals terminal was completely destroyed.

JKIA Int arrival area after the fire , what a tragedy. Glad NO casualties. Lets now focus on restoring smooth flow

— hersimohammed (@Mohammed Hersi.)

Mohammed Hersi.

@hersimohammed

JKIA Int arrival area after the fire , what a tragedy. Glad NO casualties. Lets now focus on restoring smooth flow

PHOTO: Entrance to the #JKIA Arrivals Terminal. Photo via @sarahkimani. #Kenya

— SMSMediaUganda (@SMSMediaUganda)

SMSMediaUganda

@SMSMediaUganda

PHOTO: Entrance to the #JKIA Arrivals Terminal. Photo via @sarahkimani. #Kenya

Massive destruction at #JKIA

— BettyKyalo (@Betty Kyallo)

Betty Kyallo

@BettyKyalo

Massive destruction at #JKIA

The cause of the #JKIAFire is yet to be established.

— Kenya_Airports (@Kenya Airports)

Kenya Airports

@Kenya_Airports

The cause of the #JKIAFire is yet to be established.

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