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Nairobi airport evacuated due to 'severe' fire

7 Aug 2013 by GrahamSmith

Kenya's main international airport was closed today after a "very severe" fire engulfed the regional hub.

Hundreds of would-be passengers were left stranded outside Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as officials evacuated the entire complex.

There have been no reports of casualties.

Nairobi airport on fire

Photo: Twitter/Matilda Kagume

The cause of the inferno is unknown but it is thought to have begun at around 0500 local time in the arrivals and immigration area.

That building is now believed to have been completely destroyed.

Michael Kamau, Kenya's cabinet secretary for transport, said this morning: "We are still fighting to contain the fire. Investigations will start immediately after.

"The fire started at a central part of the airport and this made access difficult. But we have closed the airport indefinitely as we try to contain the fire."

Kenya Airways this afternoon revealed that it will be be starting a "limited operation" this evening.

A statement said: "The first flight out of Nairobi to Mombasa is expected to depart at 1900. Another flight out of Mombasa to Nairobi will depart at 2115...

"These flights will only be operated for domestic customers travelling between Nairobi and Mombasa, and those who were on transit either to Mombasa from international flights, and to Nairobi for flights diverted to Mombasa. Priority for the Nairobi to Mombasa sector will be given first to international transit passengers."

Graham Smith

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