Fire forces evacuation of Paris CDG airport

21st December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - A fire at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris forced the evacuation of 500 people from one of its terminals Tuesday, officials and firefighters said.

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - A fire at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris forced the evacuation of 500 people from one of its terminals Tuesday, officials and firefighters said.

The blaze, which started from an electrical malfunction in a baggage area of the facility's Terminal 1, generated much smoke but resulted in no casualties, the managing company Aeroports de Paris said in a statement.

It added that the facility opened fully hours later, though knock-on delays were felt for some departing flights.

Seven planes that were to have docked at the terminal were redirected to another during the incident.

The Charles de Gaulle airport handles many long-haul intercontinental and European flights.

The incident came seven months after the May 23 collapse of part of a different terminal at the airport, Terminal 2E, which killed four passengers.

That terminal has partially re-opened with the addition of a temporary check-in area that opened for business Monday.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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