Terminal 1 roof at JKIA collapsed
07 August 2013, 12:01
Nairobi - Parts of the roof of terminal 1 at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport collapsed in the fire at the airport, making it more difficult for fire crews to battle the blaze.
The fire broke out early Wednesday morning and resulted in the closure of the airport.
All flights heading to the airport have been rerouted to Mombasa and Eldoret airports. Authorities have advised travellers to contact their carriers because of the disruptions expected.
Nairobi's airport is the key hub for tourists visiting Kenya and is also used as a main transit point to reach other parts of Africa.
The airport building was evacuated and passengers who were on planes that landed but had not yet disembarked when the fire broke out were evacuated to safety.
"I urge members of public to be calm as the government investigates the cause of fire. Investigations have already started," David Kimaiyo, a police spokesman, was quoted as saying on the Interior Ministry's Twitter feed.
The ministry said the fire was "massive." Its cause was not immediately known.
August 7 is the anniversary of the 1998 bombings at the US Embassy in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed more than 220 people.
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