15 Jan, 2020 @ 17:19
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WATCH: Roof catches fire at Alicante Airport while thousands of passengers remain outside terminal

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THE roof at Alicante Airport caught fire today causing all passengers in the main terminal to evacuate while incoming flights have been diverted.

The fire started just before 3pm today before a team of 15 firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze. The fire is now under control, according to Spain’s airport operator AENA.

No one has been reported injured.

At least four incoming flights have been diverted – three to the Aeropuerto Internacional Región de Murcia and one to the Aeropuerto de Valencia.

In a social media post at 3.30pm, AENA said that flights were still being allowed to depart.

However an eyewitness has told the Olive Press passengers were still ‘locked out’ at 5pm.

“We’ve been told we will be here until 10pm, without any water or toilets,” Peter Mcparlin told the Olive Press.

He said police were on hand outside the terminal where thousands are still stranded and waiting for flights.

More to follow…

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LOCKED OUT: Thousands of passengers outside Alicante Airport following a fire this afternoon © the Olive Press
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STRANDED: An eyewitness said they may be locked out until ’10 pm’ © the Olive Press

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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