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Fire at IGI airport in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 6  (): Fire broke out in the cargo section of Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Haj terminal here early on Thursday morning causing damage to property worth crores but there were no immediate reports of any casualty.

The blaze erupted at around 1 am at the human resource department of Celebi, the ground handling services company which manages cargo operations at IGI airport, sources said.

The Haj cargo terminal is located at a distance of about one km from Terminal-3, near the Air Traffic Control (ATC) building. The fire occurred in the first floor of the cargo terminal, which houses offices of around 20 international airlines, including Air India, Air Sri Lanka and others.

The first floor of the cargo building was completely gutted. The offices of major airlines such as Air India, Gulf Air, Thai Air and Aeroflot have been gutted in the fire.

Initially, airport sources said the maintenance staff tried to douse the flames with the fire fighting arrangements at the cargo complex but failed to contain the fire. The fire brigade was informed at around 1.15 am only, police and fire brigade officials said.

“There is no damage to cargo. No cargo has been lost. No one was injured,” a spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which operates the IGI Airport, said. It took more than four hours and 33 fire tenders to contain the blaze, they said, adding the fire was finally doused at around 6.30 am.

“The fire broke out in the import section of the cargo. There are three buildings housing the import section and the fire broke out in the second building. All the offices have been gutted. There was no one in the office as it was night hours,” the officials said.

The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained though a short-circuit is suspected to be the cause of the blaze.