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Flights delayed by fire at LCCT

SEPANG, 9 Jan 2009: A small fire at a storeroom of a shop at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) here affected terminal operations and caused several flight delays.

Malaysia Airport Bhd (MAB) general manager Datuk Azmi Murad said the fire broke out at about 11am due to a minor accident in the storeroom, which was undergoing renovation.

He said the situation was brought under control, and operations including the passenger check-in counters, were able to resume at 12.30pm.

“There was no casualty or loss of life reported in the incident,” he told reporters after accompanying Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri on a visit to the KL International Airport here today.

He said the fire caused the building to be engulfed in thick smoke. Passengers and workers in the terminal were asked to vacate the building in the interest of public safety.

Azmi said the incident also caused several incoming and outgoing flights to be delayed.

Meanwhile, Sepang district police chief Supt Zahedi Ayob, when contacted, confirmed the incident and said the fire was brought under control in 15 minutes.

“It is learnt that a short-circuit occurred when a worker was said to have wrongly cut a wire, causing the fire,” he added.

Three fire engines from the Fire and Rescue station at the KLIA and another by MAB rushed to the scene when alerted of the fire.  — Bernama


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