Changi Air­port ter­mi­nal shut down af­ter fire

New Straits Times - - World -

SIN­GA­PORE: A fire broke out yes­ter­day at Changi Air­port here, caus­ing the clo­sure of a ter­mi­nal and lengthy de­lays as pas­sen­gers and flights were moved, of­fi­cials said.

The air­port said smoke be­gan pour­ing from air vents in Ter­mi­nal 2 be­fore the ter­mi­nal was evac­u­ated.

It said it had iden­ti­fied the cause of the fire, but did not give de­tails.

The Sin­ga­pore Civil De­fence Force said fire­fight­ers ar­rived within min­utes and put out a small fire. Three peo­ple were taken to a hospi­tal for smoke in­hala­tion.

The air­port said flights were moved to an­other ter­mi­nal.

“We ex­pect sig­nif­i­cant de­lays to depart­ing and ar­riv­ing flights at Changi Air­port this evening,” it said.

Po­lice said the fire alarm was ac­ti­vated about 5.40pm as smoke poured from air vents, spark­ing an evac­u­a­tion or­der and clo­sure of the ter­mi­nal.

A record 58.7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers used the air­port’s three ter­mi­nals last year. A new ter­mi­nal is to be opened later this year. AP

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