A massive fire at Istanbul’s main Ataturk Airport has been brought under control.
The blaze broke out in a cargo section but the evacuation that followed spread to nearby passenger terminals. Emergency services on the ground and in the air battled the flames amid fears for the safety of personnel who it was thought could have been trapped in the two-storey building engulfed by the fire
Fikret Kasapoglu, the deputy governor of Turkey’s biggest city, said three people had been injured. There has been large-scale material damage.
Although the cause of the fire has not been confirmed, officials said an electrical fault may have been responsible. There is no suggestion of foul play or terrorist involvement. Various militant groups ranging from Kurdish separatists to ultra-leftists operate in Turkey, attacking civilian as well as military and security targets.
The blaze broke out at around 3:30 pm local time. Several explosions were reported.
Officials said it was contained without disruption to air traffic. International and domestic travellers however reported delays in landing.