Fire in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport terminal causes delays

FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - A fire inside an employee break room at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport temporarily forced employees and travelers out of a terminal, causing delays during the morning rush.

According to officials, fire crews quickly responded to Terminal 1, where a small fire ignited in a break room at around 10 a.m., Thursday. Fire rescue officials said sprinklers in the area went off, which quickly led fire crews to the exact location of the fire.

All operations in the terminal had to be stopped and people had to be evacuated.

Once the terminal was clear of passengers, TSA employees were told to evacuate.

All passengers, TSA personnel and airport employees were not allowed back inside until the fire was cleared. This worried passengers who had flights to make.

“If I miss the flight, it’s going to be a pretty big hindrance,” said passenger Zach Scheck.

Once the fire was put out, less than an hour later, TSA personnel and airport employees were the first to be allowed back in.

“There was a fire alarm that went off — I don’t know if there was a fire or not, but they had to clear the fire alarm and the building,” said passenger Todd Smith, “so right now, they’re letting TSA people back in. Once they get that done they’re going to let all the employees back in and then obviously let all of us in.”

Moments later, Terminal 1 was deemed safe, and passengers were allowed back into the terminal.

No injuries were reported.

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