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JKIA operations unaffected by minor fire incident at depot

Sources told Capital FM News that the fire broke out from one of fuel trucks at the depot//COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – The Kenya Airports Authority has assured of normalcy at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after a “minor” fire incident at a fuel depot on the periphery of the airport.

Sources told Capital FM News that the fire broke out from one of fuel trucks at the depot.

No casualties were reported, they said.

Capital FM News saw fire services leaving the fuel depot shortly before 6pm.

In a statement on Twitter, KAA said “airport operations are back to normal with no flight delays experienced.”

Later on Monday, Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Joe Sang said authorities were investigating the cause of the depot.

According to Sang, the incident was contained within 40 minutes by a multi-agency response team comprising military and Nairobi City County fire engines.

“None of the planes was impacted by the fire,” he said.

Although Sang could not quantify the loss, he said no other damage occurred at the aviation fuel depot other than the truck involved in the incident and a nearby stationary vehicle adjacent to the truck when the incident occurred.

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Acting Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director Alex Gitare said airport operations were not affected adding that there were no flight diversions or cancelations.

“Operations at the airport have not been impacted by the incident,” he said.

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