The fire that broke out yesterday evening at Entebbe International Airport has been attributed to maintenance.
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority in a statement said the fire broke out while some of the workers were draining one of the tanks.
The fire broke out at the airport’s fuel tanks area, sparking panic among travelers and airport workers.
“We have established that the fire was triggered while workers at the fuel firm were draining the remaining fuel segments from one of the tanks,” said CAA Spokesperson Vianne Luggya.
“The fire alarm went off at 16:05 hours and was immediately responded to by the Airport Fire and Rescue Service team at 16:10 hours. The team managed to put out the fire in time.”
In particular, Lugyya says the staff at the Aviation fuel firm were carrying out routine maintenance on fuel tank 4 to drain out the remaining fuel segments using a diesel-powered pump whose drainage tube disengaged from the pump causing fuel to spill and trigger the fire outbreak.
“The Airport Fire and Rescue Service team were able to contain the fire and control the spread of the fire to other fuel tanks,” he added.