Massive fire guts arrivals hall at Kenya’s main international airport

Black smoke billows from the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi on August 7, 2013. A massive fire shut down Nairobi's international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa's biggest transport hub.

Black smoke billows from the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi on August 7, 2013. A massive fire shut down Nairobi’s international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa’s biggest transport hub. AFP PHOTO/StringerSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

SOURCE  –  (AP) | 13/08/07 7:44 AM ET

NAIROBI, Kenya — A massive early-morning fire destroyed the arrivals hall at Kenya’s main international airport Wednesday, forcing the closure of East Africa’s largest airport and the rerouting of all inbound flights.

No serious injuries were reported, said Michael Kamau, the cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out on the 15th anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassy buildings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, in neighboring Tanzania, but there were no immediate signs of terrorism in Wednesday’s fire. Kenya’s anti-terror police boss, Boniface Mwaniki, told The Associated Press that he is waiting for the fire to be put out so that he can inspect the scene before making a judgment.

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