Wed, Jul 11, 2007
Construction Part Of Expansion Plans
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 07.11.07 1700
EDT: Work crews repairing the roof of a vacant Miami
International Airport control tower inadvertantly started a
fire that caused some tense moments Wednesday afternoon.
A tar pot spilled over under the structure's tower cab and set
the roof on fire, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Cristina Armand
told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The gate assignment tower was
otherwise unoccupied at the time.
Airport spokesman Greg Chin said the new ground control tower is
part of a new north terminal for American Airlines, to be completed
No delays were reported, and Chin confirmed the fire did not
affect regular flight operations at MIA.
1400 EDT: CNN reports an unoccupied ground
control tower at Miami International Airport is on fire.
The tower -- "the new gate assignment tower," reports the
television news service -- is currently under construction, part of
an expansion of the airport's north side.
Black smoke is coming from the floor immediately below the tower
cab. Fire crews appear to be bringing the blaze under control.
The fire does not appear to be affecting either air or ground
operations at MIA, and no injuries have been reported.
ANN will continue to follow this breaking news story.
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