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Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by ochejoseph(m): 7:33am On Aug 07, 2013
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A massive early-morning fire destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya's main international airport Wednesday, forcing the closure of East Africa's largest airport and the rerouting of all inbound flights.

No serious injuries were reported, said Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out on the 15th anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassy buildings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, in neighboring Tanzania, but there were no immediate signs of terrorism in Wednesday's fire. Kenya's anti-terror police boss, Boniface Mwaniki, told The Associated Press that he is waiting for the fire to be put out so that he can inspect the scene before making a judgment.

Dark black smoke was visible across much of Nairobi as emergency teams battled the blaze. Passengers reported a slow response by the under-resourced fire brigade. The fire raged for more than four hours before being contained, though flames still persisted two hours later.

"It was huge, the smoke billowing, and it didn't seem to be stopping," said Barry Fisher, who had hoped to fly to Ethiopia on Wednesday morning.

The fire gutted the international arrivals hall, where passengers pass through immigration and retrieve their luggage. The Kenya Airports Authority closed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport until further notice.

"We reassure international and local travelers that arrangements are being put in place to restore normal operations. The airlines are working to assist stranded passengers and advise them on the measures being put in place to resume services at JKIA," said Stephen Gichuki, the director of the Kenyan Airports Authority.

The Nairobi airport is the busiest in East Africa, and its closure is likely to affect flights throughout the region and beyond.

Kamau said the fire began at 5 a.m. in the immigration section of the arrivals hall. Inbound flights were diverted to the coastal city of Mombasa, he said. Kenya's Red Cross said that flights were also being diverted to Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Uganda and the Kenyan cities of Eldoret and Kisumu.

As in many countries in East Africa, public sector services like police and fire units in Kenya are hobbled by small budgets and outdated or no equipment. Many of the responding units to Wednesday's fire were from private security firms.

A British passenger, Martyn Collbeck, said he was surprised that the airport wasn't shut sooner so that emergency vehicles could respond.

"When I arrived there were one or two fire engines parked outside the international arrivals. It spread very fast," said Collbeck, who had been scheduled to fly to London on an early morning KLM flight. "There were a couple of explosions which I think were a couple of gas canisters."

"I would have expected more fire engines to respond faster," he added.

There may not have been fire engines available to respond. The country's largest newspaper, The Daily Nation, reported last month that Nairobi County doesn't have a single working fire engine, and that three fire engines were auctioned off in 2009 because the county hadn't paid a $1,000 repair bill.

"It is a disgrace of biblical proportions that the entire Nairobi County does not have a public fire engine in working condition," the paper wrote in an editorial last month. "When (government leaders) were debating their budgets, they did not deem it fit to set aside money either to buy new ones or repair the old ones. But they did set aside money to build mansions for governors, big vehicles for county executives and other needs without a direct benefit to Kenyans."

The paper said the collapse of the fire department means responses to disasters is in the hands of private companies and the military.

Fisher, a trade specialist who lives in Nairobi, described the scene as chaotic.

"There was no one stopping any traffic going to the road to the airport," he said. "A number of fire trucks and ambulances were trying to negotiate their way through the lane. ... They were trying to weave their way through a solid two lanes of cars."

By early afternoon, passengers began to grumble that minimal assistance was being offered. Passenger Medr Gudru, a 66-year-old German, had hoped to fly home on Wednesday but the fire stranded him with no information, he said.

"This is too much. It was very nice here but this is just a mess," he said.

Kenya Airways, the country's flagship carrier, diverted five flights to Mombasa and said all of its transit passengers were being moved to hotels. The airline reported that one passenger and one employee suffered from smoke inhalation.

Jane Waikenda, the director of the Department of Immigration Services, sent out rapid-fire messages on Twitter in a bid to soothe frayed nerves.

"I would like to reiterate that we doing what must be done to have full immigration services up," she wrote, before adding moments later: "you can never please everyone. We appreciate being held accountable as we strive to serve all Kenyans fairly."


http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2013/aug/07/big-fire-closes-nairobi-airport-flights-rerouted/

Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by acidosisTM(m): 7:50am On Aug 07, 2013
Homo sapiens have suddenly turned themselves to dunce overnight..

An airport is on fire, and you see "digital crew" like m.u.m.u taking photographs..

Btw, Op... no be by force to turn blogger... Your report is so poor such that I don't even know the senior m.u.m.u (you or the digital crew).
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Chanchit: 8:04am On Aug 07, 2013
I pray God gives them enough water to quench the fire.

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Chanchit: 8:08am On Aug 07, 2013
acidosis™:
Homo sapiens have suddenly turned themselves to dunce overnight..

An airport is on fire, and you see "digital crew" like m.u.m.u taking photographs..

Btw, Op... no be by force to turn blogger... Your report is so poor such that I don't even know the senior m.u.m.u (you or the digital crew).

Be greatful. Hediot..!
Would you know that the airport is on fire by now if he did not report it..?
Go and wait for BBC to give you the report in an international way.

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by ochejoseph(m): 8:11am On Aug 07, 2013
Thanks for the correction. from what I gathered the fire is still raging . May God send help the way of Kenyans
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by lomprico(m): 8:27am On Aug 07, 2013
No more deportation of naija guys grin

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by AjaraEwuro: 8:37am On Aug 07, 2013
acidosis™:
Homo sapiens have suddenly turned themselves to dunce overnight..

An airport is on fire, and you see "digital crew" like m.u.m.u taking photographs..

Btw, Op... no be by force to turn blogger... Your report is so poor such that I don't even know the senior m.u.m.u (you or the digital crew).

You are a dunce. If you see BBC, Al Jazeera etc there, what will you say? Rubbish.

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by acidosisTM(m): 9:04am On Aug 07, 2013
Chanchit:

Be greatful. Hediot..!
Would you know that the airport is on fire by now if he did not report it..?
Go and wait for BBC to give you the report in an international way.

Will you shut your mouth?!

Who cares? BBC or APC?

or are you too dull to see the ideology of humans standing and capturing images of fire?
Look beyond "technology" m.u.m.u!

I'm sure you'll open your cork if a COMPUTER (your master) instruct you to do so...
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by acidosisTM(m): 9:05am On Aug 07, 2013
AjaraEwuro:

You are a dunce. If you see BBC, Al Jazeera etc there, what will you say? Rubbish.

I am a BBC correspondent.. Can I capture the image of your bent cork with my camera?

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by coalcoal1(m): 12:03pm On Aug 07, 2013
Oh! What a loss
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by sweetcheecks(f): 1:06pm On Aug 07, 2013
Enemies of African proggress at play. Strength and more growth to Kenya. lipsrsealed

Thank God no lives lost.
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by seedord247(m): 1:22pm On Aug 07, 2013
sweetcheecks: Enemies of African proggress at play. Strength and more growth to Kenya. lipsrsealed

Thank God no lives lost.

Please who are the enemies? undecided

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by drdams: 1:23pm On Aug 07, 2013
Make una care ful for dis front page o!! As I c MASSIVE, i think say na Job..
Hehhehehehehehhe
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by kennygee(f): 1:23pm On Aug 07, 2013
It looks like the whole air port is on fire.

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by ChEkWaSIyKe(m): 1:26pm On Aug 07, 2013
Op! Ur English too much o! Which one be 'MASSIVE FIRE'?
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by seedord247(m): 1:27pm On Aug 07, 2013
ChEkWaS IyKe :
Op! Ur English too much o! Which one be 'MASSIVE FIRE'?

Na mazii emeka airport. Thats why he used massive.

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by gboss4sure(m): 1:31pm On Aug 07, 2013
If na for naija, dem for don blame GEJ tire
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by dont8(m): 1:31pm On Aug 07, 2013
Must everything be about enemy? Btw, who are the so called enemies?
sweetcheecks: Enemies of African proggress at play. Strength and more growth to Kenya. lipsrsealed

Thank God no lives lost.
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by abrahym(m): 1:34pm On Aug 07, 2013
its well
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Uglyduckling: 1:38pm On Aug 07, 2013
sweetcheecks: Enemies of African proggress at play. Strength and more growth to Kenya. lipsrsealed

Thank God no lives lost.
African mentality, we are quick to ascribe blame to anyone but ourselves. Which one come be enemies of African progress again? We are our own enemies. How does a capital city not have a working fire engine??
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by alex406(m): 1:39pm On Aug 07, 2013
All flights has been transferred to the nearest airport.
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Austeenxx: 1:40pm On Aug 07, 2013
What?!

See fire like say na Call Of Duty. shocked

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Horus(m): 1:41pm On Aug 07, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XRzMShS2C8

Kenya Nairobi International Airport On Fire
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by skiesoduah: 1:41pm On Aug 07, 2013
Nigeria juju set their airport on fire smiley the same airport they deport them from right?

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by boron10(m): 1:43pm On Aug 07, 2013
Choi! Anthony Chinedu at work. Kenya go hear am grin

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Horus(m): 1:49pm On Aug 07, 2013




Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Nobody: 1:50pm On Aug 07, 2013
skies.oduah:
Nigeria juju set their airport on fire smiley the same airport they deport them from right?
Any evidence to support your claim that Naija juju caused the fire? If none, kindly shut it! Don't make a phool of yourself, ever again. Please?
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Nobody: 1:54pm On Aug 07, 2013
sweetcheecks: Enemies of African proggress at play. Strength and more growth to Kenya. lipsrsealed

Thank God no lives lost.
Do you know these 'enemies' ?
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Marineetyon: 1:55pm On Aug 07, 2013
The tears of nigerians.
Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by ugotuf(m): 1:56pm On Aug 07, 2013
LOOKS LIKE THE ENTIRE AIRPORT COMPLEX WENT UP IN FLAMES!

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Nobody: 1:57pm On Aug 07, 2013
See how the road de, naija she una de see sad

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Re: Massive Fire At Kenya's International Airport by Horus(m): 2:01pm On Aug 07, 2013




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