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UPDATE: Alicante airport set to reopen on Thursday after fire grounds flights

A fire that broke out on the roof of a terminal at Alicante airport on Wednesday caused the evacuation of passengers and incoming flights to be diverted. The airport was to reopen on Thursday.

UPDATE: Alicante airport set to reopen on Thursday after fire grounds flights
Photo: AFP

A spokesman for Spanish airport operator Aena told AFP on Wednesday the airport would remain closed to air traffic until 2pm on Thursday.

She said the airport would reopen at 2 pm (1300 GMT) “at the earliest” following the blaze on the roof of the building, covering some 1,200 square meters (13,000 square feet).

A fire broke out Wednesday on the roof of the airport in Alicante, a city on the eastern Mediterranean coast which is a tourism hotspot, forcing its closure to air traffic.

“There was a fire on the roof of the terminal and for a while no one was allowed in or out,” said a spokesman for Spanish airport operator Aena.   

Ten flights which were due to land at Alicante were cancelled, as were 12 which were supposed to depart from the airport, he said. 

Another four flights which were due to land at Alicante were diverted to other Spanish airports.

The flames were visible from inside the terminal, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

Passengers and workers stood outside as dense smoke rose from the terminal building.

Aena recommended in a tweet that passengers contact their airline before heading to Alicante airport to see what the status of their flight was.

“We are coordinating with airlines. Consult your company to know if your flight is cancelled or will operate from an alternative airport,” it said.

 

Firefighters brought the blaze under control within half an hour but the incident caused several incoming flights to be diverted to nearby airports while passengers were told to leave the terminal.

Long lines of passengers formed outside the terminal after the building was evacuated.

 

Outbout flights have now resumed although there are likely to be delays. 

There were no reported injuries and it was as yet unclear what caused the blaze.

Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight, which can be done online HERE for departures and HERE for arrivals. 

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FIRE

Barcelona fire kills four, including two children

A fire ripped through an abandoned bank occupied by squatters in central Barcelona on Tuesday, killing four people, including a baby and a three year-old boy, Spanish firefighters said.

Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people.
Police and firefighters gather outside an abandoned building where a blaze broke out early on November 30, 2021 in Barcelona, killing four people. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

“While we were battling the fire, we found four people. Emergency services tried to revive them but unfortunately they failed, they could not do anything to save them,” the head of the firefighting operation, Ángel López, told reporters.

Firefighters rescued four other people who were inside the building while putting out the blaze, he added.

Those four were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters rushed to the scene at around 6 am after being warned that a blaze had broken out in the building, Mr Lopez said.

While Mr López said it was not clear how the four dead people were related, Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia said they were all members of a Romanian family.

A spokesman for Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said an investigation had been opened into the causes of the fire.

In December 2020, four people were killed after a blaze ripped through an industrial complex occupied by squatters, many of them African migrants, near Barcelona.

Over 100 squatters were believed to be living in precarious conditions at the abandoned complex in Badalona, a suburban town north of the city.

In addition to the four deaths, more than 20 people were injured in the blaze.

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