Fire at Kolkata Airport Brought Under Control, Normal Operations Resume

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Kolkata, 14th June 2023: The fire that erupted at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (Kolkata airport) on Wednesday night at around 9:12 pm has been successfully extinguished and the situation has returned to normal. Check-in and operations are now proceeding as usual.

However, chaos ensued at the airport when flames were spotted in the departure section, prompting the evacuation of all passengers as a precautionary security measure. The check-in process was temporarily suspended due to the presence of smoke in the area.

The Airport Authority of India confirmed that a minor fire and smoke were observed at portal D of the check-in area at 9:12 pm. By 9:40 pm, the fire had been completely extinguished, and all passengers were safely evacuated. The check-in process was put on hold temporarily due to the smoke in the area. However, operations have now resumed, and the situation has returned to normalcy.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported, and all individuals were safely evacuated from the premises. The fire originated near the security checking point, which also houses a SpiceJet counter. The prompt response of two fire engines helped bring the fire under control swiftly. Preliminary investigations indicate that the fire was likely caused by a short circuit.

Union Civil Aviation and Steel Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, took to Twitter to provide an update on the incident. He stated that there was a minor fire near the check-in counter at Kolkata airport, which has been successfully brought under control. He assured that the situation is now under control, and all passengers and staff have been evacuated from the affected area. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the check-in process resumed at 10:25 pm. Authorities are actively investigating the cause of the fire and will provide further information as soon as possible.

The quick response, efficient evacuation procedures, and diligent efforts of the airport staff and firefighters ensured the safety of everyone present. Kolkata airport has returned to normal operations, providing a secure environment for travelers and staff alike.