Tragedy was yesterday averted at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, Imo State when a portion of the airport terminal building suddenly caught fire.
While details of what led to the inferno was yet to be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, reports reaching journalists however said there was no casualty.
Confirming the incident, the corporate communication general manager at FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said the fire was put out by the fire officers from the authority.
A statement issued on behalf of FAAN by Yakubu declared: “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform passengers and the general public that there was a fire incident that affected some parts of the terminal building of Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri at about 1400hours today.”
“The fire was however curtailed swiftly by officers of the Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Department of FAAN and normal operations has since resumed at the airport.”
She hinted that the authority had commenced preliminary investigations into the cause of the incident.