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Italy – Rome Airport Terminal Reopens After Fire

Image:Rome’s Fiumicino airport reopened its main international terminal on Friday after a fire damaged the building and forced airlines to cancel dozens of flights.

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

Italy’s busiest airport, with 39 million passengers in 2014, was closed when the blaze started just after midnight local time between Wednesday and Thursday.

At least three people 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 a shopping area, 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 because of 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.

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