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Suspected Fire

Airport Evacuated Due to Smoke

Published torsdag 5 mars 2009 kl 10.55

Terminal 2 at Arlanda International Airport just outside Stockholm was evacuated on Thursday morning because of a suspected fire. The police received the alarm at 9:34 AM. By then people had started to smell smoke inside the terminal.

The smell ”is spreading through the ventilation system,” Björn Engström, press officer of the Stockholm Police told the Swedish news agency TT.

Several fire fighting teams from nearby stations are at the scene, but the situation is still unclear, according to Magnus Gärtner of the Södertörn Fire Brigade. He told TT that no fire had yet been detected.

Jan Lindqvist, head of Communications at LFV, a state owned company that owns and run Arlanda Airport, confirms that no fire has been found so far.

”It may be difficult for the fire service, as the smell can travel far through the ventilation system,”he said to TT.

Incoming flights have been redirected to terminal 5, and about 100 people are reported to have been evacuated. The incident occurred after the morning rush and few flights have been affected by the evacuation, according to TT.

By quarter to twelve the fire teams were still looking for the source of the smoke. Soon after the terminal reopened. No fire had still been found.

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