Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Security beefed up after JKIA fire

07 August 2013, 13:23

Nairobi - The government has beefed up security to ensure safety of passengers and citizens after a huge fire engulfed JKIA, which is the country's main airport, and paralyzed its daily operations.

The fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), East Africa's busiest transport hub, broke out at around 04:30 a.m. local time in the immigration section of the departure lounge and spread to the international arrivals area, officials said.

The airport has since been closed. The cause of the fire is still unknown and no casualties have been reported so far.

Interior Security Ministry Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku assured passengers of increased security, saying frantic efforts are being made to contain the fire.

"I wish to assure passengers and the nation that security has been heightened both on the ground and in the air to keep everybody secure as efforts are being made to evacuate the entire airport," Lenku told journalists at the airport.

He said the Kenyan authorities will take good care of the passengers, adding that the government temporarily closed the airport as safety prioritizes at the moment.

"We recognize the key role the airport plays in our economy. We don't have any intention of keeping the airport closed for a long time," Lenku said.

His remarks came after emergency services from the military, fire brigade, Nairobi County and Kenya Red Cross are battling the fire, which razed down parts of the roof of terminal 1 at the airport.

Officials at the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), which runs the airport, confirmed that no injury has been reported.

"We confirm reports of a fire at JKIA affecting part of International Arrivals building and Unit 1 departures," KAA spokesman Dominic Ngige said.

He added that passengers had been evacuated to safety.

Michael Kamau, cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, said investigations into possible cause of the inferno will begin immediately once the fire is contained.

"The focus now is on containing the fire which is so severe. We want to make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before we make assessment and then launch investigations," Kamau told journalists at the airport.

The fire comes two days after a hitch with fuel supply to planes forced hundreds of passengers to cancel their flights at JKIA.

Kenya Pipeline Company said Monday that the pipeline supplying fuel to the airport malfunctioned but efforts were made to restore the normal supply after six hours.

- Xinhua

Join in the conversation on our Facebook page. Also get the latest news by following us on Twitter.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jayne Zack
I am in ODM to stay, Busia Depu...

Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa told Deputy President William on the face that he was in the Orange Democratic Movement to stay. Read more...

Boda Boda operators in Bahati rai...

Motorbike Boda Boda operators from Bahati Sub county on Tuesday took to the streets of Nakuru’s CBD lamenting over what they term is harassment by patrol police officers in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
Gabriel Ngallah
Human Rights activist lives in fe...

The Human rights fraternity in Mombasa is currently living in fear after the home of one of the vocal human rights champion was invaded on Monday night. Read more...

Submitted by
kel wesh
Poisonous milk powder siezed by K...

The Kenya Revenue Authority has seized two containers with illegal milk powder which had been declared as gypsum board at Mombasa port. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be ready for protests, Raila warn...

Expect protests if meddling with Auditor General continues, Raila Odinga has said. Read more...

Submitted by
Kenya says will return to interna...

Kenya will return to international markets to borrow when it feels the time is right, National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said on Tuesday. Read more...