Flights to Dublin suspended after hangar blaze

Dublin Fire Brigade battle the blaze at a hangar at Dublin Airport which has resulted in services in and out of the airport being suspended. Picture: PA

Dublin Fire Brigade battle the blaze at a hangar at Dublin Airport which has resulted in services in and out of the airport being suspended. Picture: PA

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FLIGHTS have been suspended after a fire in a hangar at Dublin Airport.

Services in and out of the airport were suspended after the incident, with officials urging passengers to contact their airline for the most up-to-date information.

Airport fire crews were tasked to the hangar after the fire was reported at around 7am.

The Dublin Airport Authority said its own crews were first on scene with other units from Dublin dispatched.

“The fire is in a hangar in a restricted area of the airport, which is separate from the passenger facilities,” the airport said.

The last plane to land at the airport was a Ryanair flight from Leeds Bradford Airport at 7.26am while the last departure before the airport closed was also a Ryanair service to Wroclaw at 7.25am.

The fire broke out in the roof of hangar three.

Two planes were inside the unit at the time, both short-haul 146 aircraft, one of which was believed to have been operated by CityJet.

There were no reports of injuries as a result of the fire, an airport spokeswoman said.

Fire chiefs reported that the blaze had been contained by about 8.15am.

“All flight operations were suspended because all emergency services have been brought to fight the fire and as a result if something happens on the airfield the fire cover is not available. This is standard procedure,” the spokeswoman said.

Airlines were initially told the airport would remain closed for several hours, possibly up until midday, after operations were cancelled.

Dozens of arrivals and departures were affected, some by as much as four hours.

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