Flights suspended as fire breaks out in painting hangar at Dublin Airport
Flight operations were suspended for almost two hours at Dublin Airport following a fire in one of the hangars this morning
A massive fire at an aircraft painting hangar caused all flights to be suspended at Dublin Airport this morning.
The cause of the blaze is not yet established, but one theory being examined is that rising gases or paint fumes may have filled the roof space and ignited when they came in contact with an electrical spark.
Airport fire crews were backed-up by Dublin Fire Brigade to bring the blaze under control.
The emergency began shortly after 7am when flames erupted in the roof of Hangar 3, which is leased by Eirtech Aviation.
Flight operations in and out of the airport were suspended as firefighters rushed to the scene.
The hangar is at the back of the airport and not near any area used by passengers.
“We understand that the fire was in the roof area of the hangar and was contained on one side and then the emergency services worked on the other side and brought it under control,” said Siobhan O’Donnell of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).
Passengers were advised to check with their airlines before making their way to the airport as the knock-on effects of the delays were expected to last late into the morning and into the early afternoon.
There were no reports of injuries, and everyone was accounted for at the hangar, which is used for aircraft maintenance and contained two Whisper Jets at the time.
Eirtech Aviation confirmed the fire was limited to a section of roofing.
“We can confirm that there have been no injuries and all personnel on site have been evacuated and are safe,” the company said in a statement.
“The aircraft in the hangar are not affected but will be fully inspected in due course, as safety is Eirtech Aviation’s number one priority.
“We are working closely with the authorities at Dublin Airport and apologise to all passengers for the disruption caused.”