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Fire averted at MM2

By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOS — The new domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, otherwise known as MMA2, Ikeja, would have been razed by fire in the early hours of yesterday but for the quick intervention of fire fighters at the airport.

It was learnt that the fire started in the Engineering Department of Dana Air at about 6:30 a.m., setting off stampede.

Although the fire did not affect either the departure or arrival halls of the airport, an eyewitness told Vanguard that the fire was caused by electrical fault.

The witness said though nobody was injured, Dana Airlines’ store, where its aircraft spare parts are kept, was consumed by the fire.

All the airlines operating from MMA2 have their engineering departments at the terminal where aircraft equipment are kept.

It was learnt that officials of the airline had complained severally to operators of the terminal about the frequent electrical problem which the operators had promised to rectify.

Sources close to Dana Air said the faults were not rectified until yesterday’s fire which took almost two hours to put out.

The sources warned that the manner the electrification of the terminal was done could set the entire complex on fire unless something urgent was done to correct the situation.

“If care was not taken, the whole building might be engulfed with fire as some of the electrical appliances are haphazardly done,” the source said.

Vanguard could not reach the terminal’s spokesman, Mr. Gbenga Odugnesan, yesterday, as calls pulled through his mobile phone were not replied.

The incident notwithstanding, airline operations ran smoothly at the terminal yesterday without any hiccup.


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