An electrical fire at New Orleans International Airport leaves flooding and other damage to the 6-month-old terminal.
Kenner Fire Department responded to this incident after a call at around 6:30 central on April 1st.
The source of the fire was a third floor electrical room. The third floor at KMSY is home to the ticketing counters. Because of a faulty sprinkler system, the fire sprinklers were activated for the entire airport rather than just the third floor. 10,000 gallons of water was used. Floodwater is still standing in some parts of the airport, especially the baggage claim area on the first floor.
The third floor at KMSY.
Director of Communications of the New Orleans Aviation Board Erin Burns told WWLTV, a local media outlet, that there were no injuries and the fire suppression system “worked as intended.”
I interviewed an early morning TSA officer who showed up at 3:00 for work this morning. He said there was still smoke and burning coming from the third floor, and the fire suppression system “did more damage than the fire.”
The cause is still unknown as this is a developing story.