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Major fire at IGI airport
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 5
In a major fire that broke out at the offices of airlines situated at the cargo terminal of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, documents pertaining to goods were reportedly destroyed.

This has made the authorities uncertain about the ownership of the cargo and its destination, said sources. As many as 40 offices of airlines like Air India, Malaysian Airways and Thai Airways are situated at this terminal.

The fire broke out at about 1.30 am today at the import section of the cargo terminal. It was reportedly caused by a short circuit.

A Delhi Fire Services (DFS) official said that about 35 vehicles were sent to douse the fire. "We had sent 28 vehicles and the rest belonged to Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). The fire was extinguished in four to five hours," added the official.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport), RA Sanjeev said, "We feel that the event was caused by someone's mischief. A case been registered in this regard. I have also called the Forensic Science Laboratory team to examine the site."

The cargo terminal is managed by a company called Celebi. Shivalika Chadha, Account Director of Avian Media which is the public relations agency working for Celebi, said, "According to official statements, only office equipment and furniture were gutted in the fire. The airline authorities will state whether or not they lost documents pertaining to cargo."

RA Sanjeev added, "The fog and the long routes to reach the cargo section delayed the fire-fighting operation."





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