Saturday 24 February 2018

Fire crews in desperate race to stop blaze from reaching passenger jet at airport

The scene at Norwich Airport (Photo: Eastern Daily Press)
The scene at Norwich Airport (Photo: Eastern Daily Press)

Harry Yorke

More than 70 firefighters are tackling a blaze raging at a hangar at Norwich International Airport, which contains two aircraft filled with more than 5,000 litres of aviation fuel.

Eight fire crews, a water carrier, aerial ladder, control and welfare units are tackling the fire, which is spreading to the roof of the hangar.

The hangar is used by KLM Engineering and Air Livery, and is located on Liberator Road, with a number of shops and other airport hangars nearby.

Greg Preston, the incident commander for the fire service, said that neither aircraft had been damaged, adding that firefighters were attempting to prevent the blaze from spreading to the aircraft.

Emergency plans are in place to remove the aircraft from the hangar if necessary, but the task is complicated by the scaffolding surrounding the building.

Mr Preston said: "We have currently got crews working at height using our aerial platform. We are removing the roof covering to extinguish the fire and to ascertain the extent of the fire spread.

"It's very difficult access given the height of the building. It's really difficult to access from the inside. It's going to be a protracted incident. As we strip away the roof we will be able to see the extent of the fire."

Firefighters were first alerted to the blaze at 9.43am, but confirmed that there are no reports of any casualties. An ambulance is at the scene on standby.

Norwich Police have been notified of the incident. A spokesman confirmed the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for Norwich International Airport said: "The fire is being controlled by the fire services, and is taking place in an Air Livery hangar. The airport and services are not affected."

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