Newark Airport Fire Forces Terminal Evacuation

A terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey was partially evacuated Friday morning after a transformer underneath the facility caught fire.

According to CBS New York, the manhole fire forced airport officials to evacuate Terminal C-1 wing around 11 a.m. local time and firefighters were quickly on the scene to get the blaze under control. FlightAware.com reported 51 flight cancellations and 89 delays as of 2:30 p.m. ET, but it was unclear how many were caused by the fire.

While no injuries were reported, Public Service Enterprise Group was forced to temporarily cut power to the terminal and use backup generators as the company repairs any damage caused by the fire.

The official Twitter account of the Newark airport provided more information about the incident:

Due to a PSE&G manhole fire outside EWR's Terminal C, operations are being consolidated in the terminal's C-2 and C-3 wings. Part of the C-1 wing is still operational. There was no smoke or fire in the building. (1/2)

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

Travelers are advised to contact United Airlines for updated flight information. Flight operations are continuing. Backup generators are being used to supply power to the terminal while PSE&G fixes the problem.(2/2)

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

Further updates confirm there was a transformer fire in a PSE&G manhole outside Terminal C at EWR. Personnel inside the building confirmed there was no smoke condition inside the Terminal C-1 wing.

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

[email protected] has begun to restore power at #EWR Terminal C following an earlier fire in their transformer in a manhole outside the building. Power was out from approx. 11:15 AM to 1:20 PM, during which time emergency generators provided partial power. (1/2)

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

Some electrical equipment at Terminal C such as elevators, escalators and some processing equipment at TSA checkpoints must be re-started and will be brought back online as quickly as possible. All passengers should check with @United on flight status.(2/2)

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

Terminals A and B at EWR have not been impacted by the PSE&G power outage at Terminal C. In view of the inclement weather, there are weather-related delays. Passengers should check with their carriers for updates on their flights.

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018
Newark Airport Fire Forces Terminal Evacuation © Flickr PHOTO: Newark Liberty International Airport. (photo via Flickr/t-bet)

Passengers who were waiting in the terminal at the time of the fire and subsequent evacuation were forced to go through security again, causing long lines at screening areas and baggage pickup carousels.

Travelers scheduled to fly out of Newark Friday are being advised to call ahead and check the status of individual flights.

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