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Tuesday 14th of July 2015
Around 10 flights were slightly delayed at East Midlands Airport this afternoon, due to a gas cylinder fire located in the site’s DHL building. The cylinder is thought to have caught fire at approximately 11.15am, and the blaze was dealt with by firefighters before it could spread to any other areas of the airport site. Delays to flights ranged between 8 and 20 minutes. The reason for these delays was that the airport’s firefighters were occupied with the blaze, and so could not be on standby for planes that were landing at the airport. Therefore, planes were not permitted to land until the legally required number of firefighters were back on standby.
A spokesperson for East Midlands Airport stated: “We did have marginal delays, because our firefighters on-site were committed to responding to the incident” She went on to explain that this meant the category of the airport was temporarily reduced, and so larger planes were unable to land as a consequence.
Fire crews were also called to the scene from neighbouring stations in Castle Donington and Loughborough. The fire was eventually put out at 1:15pm, and thankfully no one was hurt. The incident is now over, and should no longer be causing any flight delays for the remainder of the day.