May 8, 2015 / 8:44 AM / 3 years ago

Rome airport reopens terminal after fire

ROME (Reuters) - Rome’s Fiumicino airport reopened its main international terminal on Friday after a fire the previous day damaged the building and forced airlines to cancel dozens of flights.

Workers wearing a mask to protect from smoke walk past a forensic investigator (2nd L) at the check-in desk of Terminal 3 at the international Fiumicino airport in Rome May 7, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Eighty percent of check-in desks in the affected Terminal 3 were working normally after hundreds of staff worked through the night to restore service, operator Aeroporti di Roma (AdR) said.

Italy’s busiest airport, through which 39 million passengers passed in 2014, was shut down when the blaze started just after midnight (2200 GMT) between Wednesday and Thursday.

At least three suffered from smoke inhalation, but no other injuries were reported.

The fire, believed to have been started by a short circuit in an electrical cabin that was under maintenance in an area of shops, sent thick clouds of smoke billowing out of the building until mid-morning on Thursday.

Passengers with flights booked from Terminal 3 were sent to other terminals, where they experienced long delays. Some had to carry their luggage for up to a kilometer because of previous road closures.

Only a shopping area beyond the airport’s security controls was damaged by the fire, AdR said in a statement, without specifying how much repairing the damage would cost.

A police source said on Thursday there was no indication that the fire was a result of arson, but an investigation was continuing.

Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Dominic Evans

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