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Fire stops flights temporarily at DC airports

Associated Press Published: September 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flights at three Washington-area airports were briefly stopped because of a fire at a regional air traffic control facility.

Flights were stopped for about 25 minutes Sunday morning at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; Dulles International Airport; and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says a refrigerator caught fire in an office area at an air traffic control facility for the Washington area.

The FAA says the outage affected fewer than 20 flights. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown says flights were stopped at 8:40 a.m., when the facility was evacuated. Brown said she did not have any other details on the fire.

BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean says the impact at BWI was minimal.


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