No injuries as power cut to entire facility as firefighters, airport personnel secure area

Keith Gosse 

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A fire broke out in the main terminal building of St. John’s International Airport Friday night leading to an evacuation of the terminal, and firefighters fighting the fire at the height of a snowstorm.

According to an early morning news release from the St. John’s International Airport Authority, around 11:30 p.m. the main terminal building at St. John’s International Airport was evacuated due to a fire in a localized area on the second floor of the terminal. 

St. John’s International Airport Emergency responders and St. John’s Regional Fire Department responded to the incident. 

“Due to the safe and timely actions of our airport personnel and partners, the fire has been confined to a specific area and no injuries have occurred,” the release states. “We sincerely thank our airport community for their efforts.

“At this time, the terminal building is closed to the public, we are assessing the affected area and will share more information as it becomes available. Passengers are asked to please check with their airline before heading to the airport on Saturday, March 25, 2023.”

Earlier story:

The St. John’s International Airport was the scene of a fire that was reported just before 11:30 p.m. Friday night, right at the height of a snowstorm packing high winds and heavy snow.

The fire broke out on an upper floor near departure gate 11 on the departures end of the airport.

St. John’s Regional fire trucks had to be escorted onto the tarmac to join airport firefighters in battling the fire. A ladder truck was deployed to spray the fire from above and firefighters could be seen moving around inside the building.

Power was eventually cut to the whole airport during the incident.

No information was immediately available as to the amount of damage to the area or whether airport operations would be affected.