Chaos at Rome Fiumicino airport after terminal fire
Passengers were being urged not to travel to the airport. Around 200 scheduled flights were cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
TV pictures showed the terminal engulfed in flames overnight, then the burnt-out facade in the morning. Thick smoke was seen rising from the building until mid-morning. Possible causes of the fire are being investigated, though a short circuit is thought to be the most likely. Foul play has been ruled out.
The airport was closed throughout the morning, with all outgoing flights cancelled and all but a few overnight long-distance incoming flights blocked. Many passengers were sent to the airport's three other terminals where they were subjected to long delays.
British Airways, which uses the terminal, had to cancel eight flights from London Heathrow to Rome and another was diverted to Naples.
Fifteen fire engines were called to the scene. There were no casualties reported but several airport employees were suffering from smoke inhalation.
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