Huge fire breaks out at Heathrow warehouse – UPDATED
08 / 07 / 2010
A LARGE fire has broken out in a warehouse at London Heathrow Airport. Dozens of firefighters are tackling the blaze at the Servisair Building 521.
An Air Cargo News reporter on the scene said the entire building was engulfed in flames.
Reports suggest the fire started when a forklift truck caught fire. Minor explosions are taking place, most likely gas cylinders reported to be there.
A Servisair spokesman said he could give no further information until the cargo manager had been on the scene and given a full report.
A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport said “operations were unaffected”.
UPDATE – Emirates Sky Cargo, one of the companies that was operating out the warehouse, is currently working out of Heathrow’s groundhandling section.
A spokesman said: “Emirates SkyCargo is now accepting both inbound and outbound cargo through Heathrow Airport. This follows a fire at the facility it used at the airport on Friday, which temporarily interrupted cargo operations.
“Export cargo is being accepted at Plane Handling’s Heathrow facility at Radius Park, and import cargo is being processed through Plane Handling’s Heathrow facility at West Point. There are some temporary restrictions on the volumes and type of export cargo, and no transfer cargo to or from other carriers is currently being accepted. It is hoped that these restrictions will be removed within the next two to three days.”
Forwarders with queries are requested to call Emirates SkyCargo on +44 (0)161 498 1180.