Newark Airport terminal evacuated for ceiling fire
About 200 people were evacuated from Newark Liberty International Airport early Monday because of a fire in the ceiling of a boiler room.
Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said the smokey fire started around 1:10 a.m. in Terminal B which is home to El Al, Luftansa and other international airlines. The fire was brought under control around 2 a.m. but rekindled around 3 a.m., forcing a second evacuation, according to Coleman. The second fire was brought under control 45 minutes later.
Coleman said there were some passengers in the terminal for a Cathay Pacific Airlines flight, but most of those evacuated were airport staff and service personnel. There were no injuries related to the fire.
The terminal is opened for normal operation, except for a gate near the area where the fire started. Coleman said an electrical problem is to blame for the fire.