Evacuation at London Heathrow Airport after fire alarm

PUBLISHED Tue, July 04, 2017 - 8:01am EDT
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A terminal at London's Heathrow Airport was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a fire alarm was activated, local officials and witnesses say. No fire could be found and the evacuation was later lifted. (more)

The incident began just after 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday when officials ordered an immediate evacuation of Terminal 3. It was not immediately clear whether the alarm was manually activated or the result of a technical glitch.

"T3 has been evacuated following a fire alarm. We are investigating this as a matter of urgency and will provide an update shortly," an airport spokesperson said at about 12:55 p.m. as passengers were escorted out of the terminal.

An announcer at the airport could be heard saying: "Your attention please. The fire alarm has been activated in your area. Please leave the area immediately as directed by staff or using the signed emergency exits."

A short time later, at 1:08 p.m., the airport said the incident was over. "Our teams have investigated and there is no fire in T3 despite the alarm. Passengers will be directed back into the terminal shortly," the spokesperson said.

London's Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in Europe and the sixth busiest in the world. About 75 million passengers went through the airport in 2016, according to figures from the UK's Civil Aviation Authority.

  London, England     





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