Stansted Airport bus fire causes chaos

Apr 02, 2018, 10:27
Stansted Airport bus fire causes chaos

Flights from Stansted airport have resumed after a fire on a passenger shuttle bus forced departures to be cancelled.

The area has been sealed off as airport's own fire crews and appliances from Essex fire and rescue tackle the blaze.

The surrounding area- including parts of the terminal building are being evacuated because of smoke.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the fire at around 4.20pm today.

The bus has been completely destroyed, while much of the front of the terminal building has suffered smoke damage.

"People were going to the airline website checking their flights and all the information had gone from there too".

The spokesperson for Stansted Airport added: "The airport was alerted to a major fire on a transfer bus outside the entrance to the terminal building at 4.20pm on Friday, March 30".

Evan Roth tweeted: "We're at Ryanair Gate 57 waiting with hundreds of people with no communication from anyone and we were just told that we now have to leave and go through security again because people had to go through security without being checked in order to evacuate".

The airport says it will reopen with "flights expected to operate as normal", although advised passengers to check with their airlines. Passengers were quickly evacuated away from the fire and there were no reported injuries.

In the last few minutes the airport says the fire has now been put out.

"As a result, a number of flights were delayed, cancelled or diverted to other United Kingdom airports".

According to media reports, up to 15,000 passengers were affected by the incident, as over 100 flights were canceled or redirected.

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